Spiffing y'all up, one typo at a time
Hey, y’all. If you live ’round these parts, my title may be a dead giveaway for today’s topic . . . but since I know I have lots of Yankees, Canadians, Okies, and others from around the world who read my blog, I’ll go into more detail.
I am lucky enough to be taking a fantastic trip in a few weeks—to Paris! Invariably, when I tell someone about it, they ask, “The Texas one or the France one?” Every single time, y’all.
I’m thrilled to say it’s the France one (no offense to the lovely town of Paris, Texas). And I’m happy that my upcoming European vacation has reminded me why it’s important for me to write this blog post for y’all. When making travel plans with friends, writing a news story, or working on a geography report, it’s important to know if you mean Dallas, Texas, or Dallas, Georgia. That additional explanatory or identifying copy—telling exactly WHICH Dallas you’re talking about—works just like an appositive.
So, using the state or country name along with the city/town is akin to:
My sister, the travel agent, is coming for a visit next week.
We went to Six Flags, our local amusement park, over Spring Break.
Those phrases contained between the commas are extra information. It’s additional info that’s sometimes even crucial. It’s crucial—for packing purposes—to know if you’ve won a trip to
And here’s a very important thing about using appositives, one that is missed approximately 83.4%* of the time, usually by major news outlets: An appositive needs a PAIR of commas.
Yes, I’m positive the appositive needs a pair of commas.
Please. And thank you.
I didn’t write any blog posts last week. It was a tough one for our nation and for my home state, in particular. But, I hear it’s time we all do our best to get back to normal . . . and, for me, that would be sharing with y’all some of the finer points of grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
And I’d ask y’all to hug your folks a bit tighter today and every day, whether you’re in
*Data derived from informal TGB research, usually while watching TV.