I realize that we’re all traumatized from having been corrected when we would say “Dad and me went to the store” at age five, and that we suffer from hypercorrection as a result. But holy cow, it boggles my mind when really good writers use “I” when they should use “me,” as in “Take a look at this picture of Melvin and I.”
Some of my smartest and most well-spoken colleagues at Tor do this all the time, too, and I often wind up biting off bits of my tongue to avoid being an annoying real-time grammar cop. But this is Making Light, where I can be an annoying timeshifted grammar cop instead! Seriously, folks, forget any technical grammar explanations you may have been forced to learn. Instead, whenever you’re making a sentence about yourself and another person and you’re not sure whether to say “I” or “me,” just cut the other person out of the sentence and see which one you’d naturally use:
Melvin and me immanentized the Eschaton.
WRONG, because would you say “Me immanentized the Eschaton”? You would not!
Melvin and I immanentized the Eschaton IS CORRECT.
The last survivors of the horrific massacre were Melvin and I.
WRONG, because you wouldn’t say “The last survivor of the horrific massacre was I”, now would you?
The last survivors of the horrific massacre were Melvin and me IS CORRECT.
(Disclaimer: I myself make all kinds of equally annoying usage and pronounciation mistakes. English is unruly. I’m just venting about the one that happens to get on my personal last nerve LIKE MAKING THAT SQUEAKY SOUND WHEN YOU RUB A BALLOON ARGH STOP. You know. How. It is. I’ll go lie down now.)
UPDATE: See “pronounciation”, above. This post is a self-demonstrating artifact. (H/t David Goldfarb in the comments.)