Separate names with a comma.
Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by drmilktruck, Dec 2, 2021.
(I don't think this touches on religion too much, mostly a fun song about punctuation.)
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'
Hmmm, I don’t know.
I didn't know that. In thay case, comma before gentlemen. As in "God speed, gentlemen."
I would ask Mrs Daddy, but that will just give her an excuse to use her teacher voice.
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 !!!
Let’s eat grandma!
Sorry make that:
Let’s eat, grandma!
God, rest ye merry gentlemen.
'Cause they be partying too much for Stanley's taste.
Thankful you didn't ask about the Oxford comma.
We had a long thread about that years ago on the GDP. I don't do the Oxford comma usually.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Headline stated that TV Chef Rachel Ray enjoyed "cooking her children and pets."
Should it be "all creatures, great and small"?
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.