July 25

What Happens Here, Stays Here

We’ve all seen those cheesy Las Vegas ads that tout the benefits of having sex in Sin City (as if you can’t have it anywhere else and as if your spouse/significant other doesn’t care that you go to L.V. by youself or with a circle of horny friends).

The ad saying is:  "What happens here, stays here."

Now, the truth of this saying aside (and there is none), let’s look at the grammar.  I’ve read numerous grammar explanations that mandate a comma after the first verbal phrase.  But why?

Doesn’t "What happens here stays here" make the same sense without the interrupting comma? To me, this is another example of a misued and overused comma, the grammar books (and Oxford English Dictionary if they’ve weighed in on this) be damned.

Now, if you start with a dependent clause, finishing it with a comma is appropriate:  "When you sin here, it stays here."

But that doesn’t sell.  I guess clean grammar doesn’t sell overall.  LOL



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Posted July 25, 2007 by Gary McCarty in category "Grammar Sucks

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