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"So get your gear on London" - errr... comma?!

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plutocrap · 16/02/2012 23:20

This ad, for some marathon or other, made it sound as though people were being encouraged to chuck all their running gear into a heap on top of poor old "London".

Grrr... Lack of commas annoys me!

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CopyAllWrite · 21/02/2012 00:47

Can't see that a comma anywhere in that line would make much difference actually.

plutocrap · 21/02/2012 03:21

Surely it should be: "So get your gear on, London."

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Petrean · 21/02/2012 03:32

Uuumm I don't think there should be a comma between on and London.

SydneyS · 21/02/2012 03:39

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CopyAllWrite · 21/02/2012 04:02

What are they actually trying to say? Whatever it is, they're doing it badly.

CountBapula · 21/02/2012 07:41

Yes, there should be a comma there. It's called a vocative comma.

CopyAllWrite · 21/02/2012 09:58

Are they very clumsily, trying to "tell London" to get people out in their gear? Whatever; there is no comma.

I wonder what marketing genius came up with that line?!

CountBapula · 21/02/2012 10:47

They're trying to say, '[People of] London! Get your gear on!'.

Because there's no comma, it sounds like they want the reader to dress the city of London in sweatpants ('on' acting as a preposition). They need the comma to show they're speaking to London.

If you replace 'London' with 'Fred' it's easier to see the difference.

plutocrap · 21/02/2012 12:30

Thank you, all! I suppose very few people have any idea what a vocative is!

CountBapula, I'd never heard that term - I knew it as "apostrophe" - but I suppose that's Greek to your "vocative comma"'s Latin! Grin

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OhChristFenton · 21/02/2012 12:37

I was wondering whether there should be one after 'so' also, but then I am a bit extravagant with commas.

plutocrap · 21/02/2012 13:50

Oughtn't you to have two commas in that username of yours, OCF?

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OhChristFenton · 21/02/2012 13:56

I, would, if, I, could Grin

plutocrap · 21/02/2012 14:24

I read something recently, by a pedant, who bemoaned the fact that the lovely semicolon had been demoted to serving smilies.

Quite right to complain about that, too; I love semicolons!

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Petrean · 21/02/2012 21:01

Oooohhh I see! It's very stupid statement. Someone probably paid an advertising executive an absolute fortune for said stupid statement.

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