Date: Mon, 29 Apr 1996 22:51:07 EDT From: Larry Horn Subject: I wish I may, I wish I might (revisited) No, I'm not revisiting myself. but I thought the participants in our earlier discussion might (and indeed MAY) be interested to know that it's the topic of this week's Safire "On Language" column, under the header "May Day! Might Day!" What set him off was a comment by Mortimer Zuckerman, editor in chief of the U.S. News & World Report, that a certain Whitewater report "may well have been written in invisible ink for all the attention it has had." In the process of casting his semantic nets thither and yon for awhile, Safire refers to Zuckerman's "misuse of MAY", which should have been "MIGHT". I suppose it's just the prescriptivist version of the split we observed, with Safire (like most of us) among the old fogeys and Zuckerman (although he presumably can't use age as an excuse) among the innovators.