Who that?

“That” is a perfectly fine pronoun. Buildings are thats, and bats are thats and even “thats” are that. But, please, for the sake of humanity, let’s make people – including “anyone” – “who” or “whom.”

Here’s one way to think about it, à la Theodor Geisel:

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There’s a reason it’s called junk mail

This is NOT A CHECK. It is shaped like a check. It is printed like a check. It has an amount like a check. It is signed like a check. But it is NOT A CHECK.

So what does one do with NOT A CHECK?

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