Where Does the Comma Belong?

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by drmilktruck, Dec 2, 2021.

  1. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    (I don't think this touches on religion too much, mostly a fun song about punctuation.)

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  2. Sabato

    Sabato Country Gent

    Mar 22, 2019
    I thought no comma, but the gentlemen are not (necessarily) Merry.... From Wiki:

    The historic meaning of the phrase God rest you merry is 'may God grant you peace and happiness'
  3. Archtops

    Archtops Country Gent

    Mar 4, 2021
    Hmmm, I don’t know.
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  4. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    I didn't know that. In thay case, comma before gentlemen. As in "God speed, gentlemen."
  5. Uncle Daddy

    Uncle Daddy Friend of Fred

    Jan 19, 2012
    Maldon UK
    I would ask Mrs Daddy, but that will just give her an excuse to use her teacher voice.
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  6. Highroller

    Highroller Country Gent

    Jun 11, 2015
    Portland, OR
    No doubt about it. I could have gone on for years without ever thinking about this! Now I'm sitting here looking up the dog-gone syntax breakdown! LoL !!!

    Thanks G-T!
  7. GlenP

    GlenP Country Gent

    Jul 23, 2019
    Let’s eat grandma!

    Sorry make that:
    Let’s eat, grandma!
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  8. mrcoffee23

    mrcoffee23 Gretschie

    Sep 23, 2009
    Virginia, USA

    God, rest ye merry gentlemen.

    'Cause they be partying too much for Stanley's taste.
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  9. toddfan

    toddfan Country Gent

    Mar 12, 2012
    Thankful you didn't ask about the Oxford comma. :D
  10. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
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  11. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    From one of my all time favorite books:

    “A panda walks into a cafe. He orders a sandwich, eats it, then draws a gun and fires two shots in the air.

    "Why?" asks the confused waiter, as the panda makes towards the exit. The panda produces a badly punctuated wildlife annual and tosses it over his shoulder.

    "I'm a panda," he says, at the door. "Look it up."

    The waiter turns to the relevant entry and, sure enough, finds an explanation.

    Panda. Large black-and-white bear-like mammal, native to China. Eats, shoots and leaves.”

    ― Lynne Truss, Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
  12. mrfixitmi

    mrfixitmi Country Gent

    Mar 20, 2010
    Love it, I have that shirt, I got it from my Mom.

    I am pitiful when it comes to commas, Sister Zachary (5th grade) told my Mother that I use commas like a drunken sailor uses "F-Bombs", (True Story). I worked hard on eliminating them, then the real abuse started. That was probably her way of telling me if you have to error throw in a comma anyway.
  13. Sabato

    Sabato Country Gent

    Mar 22, 2019
    Inspired by the good Doctor, I just read a story about how the presence or absence of a single comma in some legal contracts has amounted to wins/losses of millions and tens of millions of dollars.
  14. section2

    section2 Country Gent

    Dec 21, 2016
    It's true! We studied one of those cases in my first year of law school. Sometimes a single comma really does change the entire meaning of a sentence... and sometimes that sentence is the cornerstone of a multi-million-dollar deal. :D
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  15. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    Seigfried Farnon (played by Robert Hardy in "All Creatures Great and Small") insisted it was "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen". Watched that just two nights ago.
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  16. wabash slim

    wabash slim I Bleed Orange

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Better too many than not enough.

    I'm a bit of a grammar/spelling purist. Trying to make out what someone is trying to convey at times causes cringing. At least this place is light years better than Reddit.
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  17. Sabato

    Sabato Country Gent

    Mar 22, 2019
    Headline stated that TV Chef Rachel Ray enjoyed "cooking her children and pets."
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  18. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    Should it be "all creatures, great and small"? :rolleyes:

    E.g. "all those ready and willing, follow me." This applies to those who are both ready and willing. Not those willing but not ready, or ready but not willing.
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  19. ruger9

    ruger9 Country Gent

    Nov 1, 2008
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