Let’s eat Grandma
Some of you may have seen this popular graphic on Facebook:
Let’s eat Grandma.
Let’s eat, Grandma.
The caption is “Punctuation saves lives.”
This is a great illustration of an easy, but important, rule: always use a comma when directly addressing someone, regardless of where the direct address is in the sentence.
In addition to the wonderful illustration above about whether Grandma is the main course or an invited guest, here are a few more examples of this rule.
EXAMPLE: Anne, please come and sit down.
EXAMPLE: It’s important to remember, Mother, that I am a grown woman now.
EXAMPLE: What’s your favorite book, Bob?
In each case, the name of the person being addressed is set off with a comma (or two, if it’s in the middle of the sentence).
It’s an easy rule to remember and a great way to keep all your addressees safe, sound and well-fed.