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Steve Brecher - Comma that name!
February 10th, 2011
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Comma that name!

As previously noted, commas, are, proliferating. But especially comma now is their use to set off names. E.g., "Apple's leader, Steve Jobs, announced to his employees in 2004 ..." Why? I don't know.

P.S. "Steve Jobs, Apple's leader, announced..." would be a traditional use of commas to set off a non-essential adjectival phrase.

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From:hgfalling
Date:February 10th, 2011 10:15 pm (UTC)
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Are you claiming that there are people on Earth who don't know who Apple's leader is? Then it's a non-essential phrase, right? :P

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From:gunga_galunga
Date:February 10th, 2011 11:28 pm (UTC)
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If you really want to maximize commas, shouldn't that be, "Apple's leader, Jobs, Steve, announced..."?
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From:gunga_galunga
Date:February 10th, 2011 11:28 pm (UTC)
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And since I never know, should my question mark be inside or outside of the quotation mark?
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From:adbjupe
Date:February 11th, 2011 01:34 am (UTC)
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According to the jargon file, outside. (I wonder about my comma here. You are in IT and have the geek gene. Thus, the jargon file applies.
From:chloepear
Date:February 11th, 2011 08:18 pm (UTC)
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But especially comma now...

Ha!

Loosely related: While at the USPS website, trying to create an account, I discovered that their options for password hints include this gem: "In what city were you born in?"
From:kasuvaux
Date:April 9th, 2011 04:18 am (UTC)
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Very intereresting reading. thx

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