There’s an old joke about a linguistics professor lecturing on the similarities of grammar and math. The professor says, “In English, as in math, two negatives make a positive. And in English, again just like in math, two positives never make a negative.”
A student quips back, “Yeah. Right.”
One of the great strengths of the English language is its ability to convey meaning even when it misused, abused, and diffused. Even the most educated tongue occasionally trips over the rules of grammar.
I myself, and sometimes me, gets lost among the trees that define proper speech.
See how I discretely included me, myself and I as among the most educated? Well, nothing could be farther from the truth.