A reader sent me this funny story:
My friend is doing a birthday party for her husband. She just now phoned me from the bakery. She wanted them to put the following on the cake:
Happy 80th Birthday, Bill
They were trying to tell her that they NEVER put a comma after the word “birthday” in something like that. They were being a bit obstinate about it, so Sharon called the “official Grammarian of Grossmont High School” (even if I am retired).
Well, of course, I told her, “Put that comma there, Baby! You’re 100% correct. “Bill” is a noun of direct address, and nouns of direct address are always set off by commas!
Ah, the beat goes on………
and I replied:
well good for you!!!!
Did you hear the rest of the story yet??
I think this is what they put on the cake:
Happy 80th Birthday comma Bill