February 5, 2010
The New Orleans Saints are set to meet the Indianapolis Colts in the Super Bowl on Sunday. I can’t wait to watch it, but I must say that I really don’t care which team comes out on top. Two great teams, two great quarterbacks — it should be a lot of fun.
I’m sure that over the last week or so you’ve heard the Saints fans’ rallying cry: “Who dat, who dat, who dat say gonna beat dem Saints,” which is most often shortened to just “Who dat.” It’s fun, it’s catchy, and it’s great to see fans of New Orleans unified through it.
Grammatically, however, it’s a nightmare. Thus, I would like to suggest that everyone abandon it and begin chanting this: “Who is that? Who is that? Who, have they said, is going to beat those Saints?”
As this gains familiarity, I believe you’ll find that it has a great rhythm to it and, more importantly, that grammar teachers across America are much happier.