I know I am spitting in the wind to try to teach my students (and my family) the correct usage of the words “to lie” and “to lay.” I am ridiculed openly at family gatherings when I correct someone. I can live with that, although I am not happy about it.
However, to see The Bee, on the front page above the fold, misuse in the headline “Lay Down” is disheartening. “Lay” is a transitive verb and must be followed by an object (unless the writer is using past-tense of “lie,” which isn’t appropriate in this case). Where are the editors these days, or don’t grammar and usage matter any longer?
R. S. Guglielmino, Fresno