Wednesday, June 25, 2003

Hi Bill!

Speaking of Wimbledon, ignorance of the "comma of direct address" apparently isn't confined to the States.

Just as countless American teens write "hi mandy" and "hi jason," as though Mandy and Jason were "hi," one of the British tabloids lent support to adopted Brit Greg Rusedski by printing a full-page sign for spectators reading "COME ON GREG." Comma. Please. Otherwise it's the title of a gay porn movie.


The Pedantic Prick said...

Speaking of porn creeping into everyday speech, why are dimwits spelling it "Cummon!"? Don't they realize what putting the 'u' in there means?

Sarah said...

I admit it--I only use the comma after Hi when I'm e-mailing another copy editor!