Monday, February 25, 2013

WRONG! Lay versus Lie

After reading the comments from my last post, I decided to tackle the lay vs. lie issue; imagine my frustration when I visited the Grammar Girl's website and read this:
"... I love Eric Clapton, and his song Lay Down Sally can actually help you remember the difference between lay and lie ... because he's wrong. ... If you're more of a Bob Dylan fan, you can remember that "Lay Lady Lay" is also wrong.”
Yes, of COURSE, the website goes on to explain in great detail the difference between lay and lie; however, I felt it necessary to take a brief pause and listen to the songs that are "wrong":

So, now that we know what's wrong (??) come back on Wednesday, and we'll tackle what's right.
Or you could just work hard to choose words other than lay and lie.


  1. I'm always getting confused with that one--Have to look it up at least once per manuscript!

  2. Haha! I will be the first to admit that I have to make a conscious effort to remember the rules about lay/lie when I write. I'm sure I get it wrong the majority of the time. I'll be back Wednesday to brush up on my grammar skills :).


  3. mean...they were...wrong?? I have been deceived/decieved.

  4. Eric Clapton is above criticism though. Whatever he does has to be right.

  5. I try to avoid them as much as I do "affect" and "effect". :D

  6. It's like when Liz Phair (one of my fave musicians ever) sings "I never said nothing". ;)