By Catherine Welborn
Over the weekend I heard an acquaintance use a phrase that’s like nails on a chalkboard to me: “Me either.” The conversation went like this:
“Do you want to go out tonight?”
“Yeah, me either.”
I cringed. “Me either” is way up there on my list of communication pet peeves. It’s one of the few errors—like “on accident”—that forces me to bite my tongue in lieu of lashing out to correct offenders.
There are many people, however, who aren’t bothered a bit by “Me either.” In fact, some people cite the oh-so-dependable Google test to prove that “Me either” is acceptable: When I searched “Me either,” Google came up with 12.2 million results. “Me neither” produced a measly 5.1 million results. At first glance it appears that “Me either” is more widely used than my preferred “Me neither.” But remember, Google is finding the phrases in any context, so it’s including results like the quote “This is no picnic for me either, buster” from the Freakonomics blog. Obviously, results like that shouldn’t count. I revised my searches to “No, me either” and “No, me neither” to avoid the context problem and got 1.39 million and 2.23 million results, respectively. With the necessary constraints, “Me neither” has almost double the hits.
But honestly, the Google test doesn’t hold that much weight with me. We all know that there’s plenty of copy on the Internet that is rife with errors, so who cares how many people have written “No, me either.” As far as I’m concerned, it’s still incorrect whether 1 million or 10 million use it. Over 21 million people have written “its time to go” after all, and the it’s/its rule isn’t exactly up for debate.
In an effort to be democratic here, though, I will invite you to weigh in on the “Me either” verses “Me neither” discussion:
Elaborate on your answer in the comment section.