I adore Grammar Girl. She makes me laugh while she helps me sort out grammatical conundrums. Today I was consulting her on the difference between lie and lay.
“What’s that I hear, music in the background? I know I don’t normally play music, but I love Eric Clapton, and his song Lay Down Sally can actually help you remember the difference between lay and lie… [record screeching sound] because he’s wrong.
“To say “lay down Sally” would imply that someone should grab Sally and lay her down. If he wanted Sally to rest in his arms on her own, the correct line would be ‘lie down Sally.'”
Either might be true depending on the guy Sally is seeing. I got a laugh out of it, regardless, as well as getting pointed at the right direction.