CTV song a grammatical nightmare

By STEVE TILLEY, QMI Agency

As you no doubt know from all the breathless TV coverage of his visit to Vancouver, Stephen Colbert is partway through his week of The Colbert Report shows from the Olympic Winter Games, or the “Quadrennial Cold Weather Athletic Competition” as he calls them to dodge NBC’s pesky copyright lawyers.

As Canadians, we love being made fun of if it’s done in a way that points out our non-American-ness, so Colbert is naturally going over like gangbusters.

So far it’s grade-A Colbert stuff (although there were a couple of moments in his interview with Vancouver South MP Ujjal Dosanjh that strayed close to being genuinely prickly), but one of the funniest things about the shows is that no matter how many gentle pokes Colbert takes at Canada, the outdoor crowd in attendance for the Vancouver segments goes absolutely nuts for him. If you can’t catch the episodes on TV, you can see them on the Comedy Network’s website here: http://bit.ly/colbertvan

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Ski cross has proven why it’s the best new addition to the Olympics, other than the fact Canadian Ashleigh McIvor won gold — it’s the demolition derby of winter sports. The course at Cypress Mountain had its way with the ladies Tuesday, including a couple competitors who were carted away by medical teams after spectacular crashes.

But the best wipeout of the day belonged to Spain’s Rocio Delgado, who crashed at the bottom of the course — her second spill of the heat — and tumbled across the finish line in a tangle of skis and poles. Undeterred, she raised her arms in a victory cheer even though she was flat on her stomach. Felicitaciones, Rocio!

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It makes me fear for our country and our culture that the CTV Olympics anthem I Believe hit the No. 1 spot on iTunes Canada. Then again, Susan Boyle has been at the top of the charts for weeks now, so maybe this is just the latest sign of the approaching apocalypse.

I’ve got nothing against young singer Nikki Yanofsky, and the song itself isn’t entirely horrible if you listen to it voluntarily instead of having it rammed down your throat 59 times per broadcast day, usually as part of a sappy gold-medal montage.

But something that’s bugged me since the song debuted has now been widely pointed out: Grammatically speaking, the lyric “I believe in the power of you and I” is wrong. It should be, “I believe in the power of you and me.” As my English teacher always said, when in doubt whether to use me or I, remove the other noun in the sentence. For instance, “This song is making you and I sick” is wrong, because you wouldn’t say, “This song is making I sick.” You’d say, “This song is making me sick. And causing my ears to bleed.” See the difference?

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Steve Tilley is following the Olympics experience on TV and on the web throughout the Winter Games. You can e-mail him at steve.tilley@sunmedia.ca or follow him on Twitter at @stevetilley.

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