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Bacon haiku followup: 'Are you kidding? This is NPR!'


After this weekend's broadcast, in which we awarded first prize to this haiku:

For me, porcine love,
Sweet, salty - For hog and I,
Destiny, indeed.

We got an angry email:

The winning haiku, "for hog and I"??? Not only was it not the best, the grammar was wrong--and to no purpose, NOT consciously so. the writer didn't KNOW! that the preposition takes an object! For "hog and I"?? "For . . . I"??? Are you kidding? This is NPR! Our kids, immigrants, we're all supposed to be learning, what? wrong English? "Sizzling gets overused," so you overlook way better writing? "For hog and I"???

I responded:

Thanks for writing. I am a stickler for grammar myself, but ain’t with you in this case.

It’s an allusion to the title of a famous book, The Egg and I, which became a famous - and very funny - movie with Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray. There’s also a chain of restaurants named The Egg and I.

Here’s what Wikipedia writes about the book:

The Egg and I, first published in 1945, is a humorous memoir by American author Betty MacDonald about her adventures and travels as a young wife on a chicken farm on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state.

I’m glad me could clear this up for you.