(and Usage and Style and a couple of other things)
I know slightly more about this than you do. I don't know everything. But I do know slightly more.
…are these really from the movie? Did they really not have a copy editor at Forbes that knew the difference between “reins” and “reigns”?
I’ve already discussed this at length, kiddos.
Suppose it were “We invited the stripper, JFK, and Stalin.”
And it’s vague in the other direction.
There are exceptions for vagueness either way. IT’S A STYLE CHOICE.
Of course nothing phases you.
Unless you’re Kitty Pryde.
Things FAZE you.
It’s a style choice. Depending on your house style, you use it or you don’t.
It annoys some people who aren’t used to using it. It seems necessary to some people who aren’t used to seeing copy without it.
But in the end, it is, in fact, a style choice. There are some constructions that require it, certainly, but the so-called debate isn’t on those constructions, so they’re irrelevant.
You’re right if you use it, and you’re right if you don’t.
You’re only wrong if you think someone else is.
Which is a weird way to make a debut post to a blog called “You’re Wrong About Grammar,” but them’s the breaks.