Time magazine copy chief and copy editor pointed out the grammatical errors of many movie titles, and suggested corrections in the article of Time magazine (May 24) titled “Writing Wrongs: 10 Movie Titles with Bad Grammar.” There was the following suggestion on the title of “Law Abiding Citizen”:
“Some citizens the law can abide; others it cannot stand.” Suggested fix: A hyphen Law-Abiding Citizen
Oxford English Dictionary defines ‘abide’ as a verb:
1 [no object] (abide by) accept or act in accordance with (a rule, decision, or recommendation):
2 [with object] (can/could not abide) be unable to tolerate.
3 [no object] (of a feeling or memory) continue without fading or being lost.
I understand citizens can abide by law and we are mostly law-abiding citizens. But can the law abide citizens as used in “Some citizens the law can abide"?