I was I still in a mild stupor, after hearing the barrista tell a customer that a bottle of water costs $2.47 (tax included), when the man in front of me nonchalantly said, “That would be I.”
I couldn’t help myself.
“That’s beautiful. Did you really say, ‘That would be I’” I asked?
“ I did. Why? Were you next in line?”
“No. No. Not at all. It’s actually perfect. And I guess I’m excited because I’ve spent so much of my life teaching grammar, and I’ve never – not even in a spiffy, overpriced Starbucks chock full of folks with attitude – heard anyone use the nominative so gracefully. Your precision with language, well, it just brings a moment of reassurance to an otherwise bleak existence. Thank you.”
Without blinking he replied, “I’ve always been gooder at grammar.”