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Guestmudgeon Julie Wallace says the I's don't have it:

I am new to your site so my gripe has probably already been addressed and addressed and.......What about the trend to use nominative pronouns (in particular "I") in prepositional phrases? "That is between David and I" is one example. I hear it on the evening news. I hear it in the teacher's lounge from middle school English teachers who teach an "honors track." It comes up in song lyrics. Is this one of the ways our language is "evolving" (or "devolving")? 

It's a product of the trend among teachers and moms to correct "John and me are going to the store" to "John and I are going to the store".  Now everyone thinks they must always use I!

Have you heard or read similar or equally distressing usages?

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