You can file this question along with others such as, “What color was Paul Revere’s brown horse?” and “Who’s buried in Grant’s tomb?” The question that was posed before these Americans in San Diego, California was simply this: “Who is Washington, D.C. named after?” Seems obvious, right? Or at least one could give a pretty solid guess, considering the name Washington stands out so prominently in our history books. One wouldn’t be going out on a limb to suggest that maybe our nation’s capital is named after our first president who happens to share the same name.
Surprisingly – or perhaps not so surprisingly – Americans weren’t able to give a very confident answer. One person even replied, “Lincoln?” Yes, “Lincoln, D.C.” questioner Mark Dice retorted sarcastically.
“Who is Washington, D.C. named after?” Dice would ask over and over again. His first respondent replied, “Why do you gotta aks [sic] me something like that? Can I Google it?” she asked, sounding as if she didn’t even know what the nation’s capital was in the first place. “I don’t know. I give up. I plead the Fifth.” At least she knew about the Fifth Amendment.
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“I don’t know; you tell us,” a couple of girls answered. “I have no idea.”
A blond surfer dude almost had an answer: “I’m gonna have to go with, uh…yeah, I don’t know.”
Even a man donning an “I Love DC” shirt didn’t know.
There were a few people who knew the answer, including a couple tourists from Italy.
 I realize that the grammatically correct word to use is whom, as it is the object of the preposition after. However, in informal writing, it sounds awkward. I may as well have asked, “After whom is Washington, D.C. named?” Like Winston Churchill humorously quipped, “Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.” Grammatically correct, yes; but hilariously awkward.