Posts Tagged ‘punctuation’

I’m going to go a little Grammar nazi on you on this Saturday morning, but only a little, I promise.  It’s just a matter of one or two commas to correct something very often done incorrectly or, rather, not done at all.

If you address someone directly, the name needs to be separated from the rest of the sentence by a comma (or two, if the name is in the middle of the sentence.)

An example:

Joey, please pass the dessert…or, at the other end…Stop playing with your food, Alicia.

If the person’s name is in the middle of the phrase, you need an extra comma:

I think, Juanita, that it’s much too late to go out tonight.

If you use a term of endearment or another term that could have a name substituted for it, you need to do the same thing.

For example:

Sir, you are a cad!

You, sir, are a cad!

Are you cold, my dear?

Call 911, somebody.

However, if you simply use someone’s name in a sentence without directly addressing them, this rule doesn’t apply.  You would properly say, “Mom is going to the store to get Henry some medicine.”  But if you said, “Go to the story, Henry, and get Mom some medicine,” you need to bring out the commas.

I hope this clears things up a bit, my friends.  The next time you comment on a post and use the person’s name, you might say, for example:

Janet, that’s one of the most helpful posts I’ve ever read.


When I think of the perfect blogger, Janet, I think of you.


What a fabulous photo, Janet!


Have a wonderful weekend, dear reader!

The Grammar nazi has been quiescent for some time.  No glaring misuses of the language have impinged upon her delicate ears or thrust themselves before her limpid gaze.  But then this morning, she read the following two sentences and had a Grammar nazi flare-up.


I haven’t posted a Grammar nazi post for a long time but when this popped up on my Facebook page, I had to post it once I’d stopped laughing.    All I can say is that this is a difference worth knowing!!!  Who says grammar doesn’t matter?  Doug, this played  perfectly in to your Friday Fictioneers story.  And for anyone who would like to know what I’m talking about and would enjoy some stellar writing, here you go… (more…)

Not long ago I did a post on different amusing signs I’ve seen while traveling (  After our last trip, I have a few more for your viewing, or reading, enjoyment.  A good laugh never goes amiss!  I hope to leave you LOL at least once.  And speaking of laughter, here are a few quotes about laughter just to get things started. (more…)

“Patios full”….Facebook status by a restaurant.  If they have more than one patio, this works.  Otherwise, not.  I don’t think they do. (more…)

Just to get your day off to a good, or possibly frustrating, start, I bring you recent grammar nazi sightings.  Enjoy (or cringe!) (more…)