Skip to Content, Navigation, or Footer.

Letter to the Editor: What happened to proper grammar?

Dear Editor,

Can I kiss you? Your response is irrelevant; I'm actually not asking your permission at all.

"But wait," you say, "isn't that what that event by the same name is about?" Read it over again.

If you're still not getting it, consider yourself lucky to have passed English 1201.

The on-campus event called "Can I Kiss You," which has been run¬ning since I've been here, has existed without anyone pointing out any major faux pas in the grammar of the title.

However, perhaps a more accurate title for the event should be "May I Kiss You?" because, well, it's about consent.

Awkwardly enough, the grammar usage in the event's name implies a question of physical ability in its use of "can" over "may."

The current title as it stands is laughable. Not only is the event ad¬vertised incorrectly, but its meaning is obscured. As a student attending an institution of higher education, I have been astounded by the lack of diligence regarding the subject of grammar.

I am referring not to the vernacular of the average Seton Hall student. Rather, I am referring to how an event about consensual relations has endured with a title that says otherwise.

At the same time, what can you expect when we have a restaurant named "Leafs and Grains?" Shouldn't we all know by fourth grade that the word "leafs" doesn't exist? That's right folks: the plural of "leaf" is "leaves." If you've gotten that correct, way to go! Apparently you're a shoo-in.


The Grammar Police

Enjoy what you're reading? Get content from The Setonian delivered to your inbox

(This letter was submitted by junior Aidan Finger. He can be reached at


Powered by SNworks Solutions by The State News
All Content © 2023 The Setonian