Tonight was probably one of the last dinners we’ll have on the deck this season.
After a week of rain, the sun finally decided to show its face, and we enjoyed one last summer day here in Southeast Michigan.
Naturally, there was wine . . .
And ambience . . .
While dinner was cooking, we sipped away on a bottle of 2007 Stags Leap Cabernet
and root chips (sweet potato & beet).
Fresh from the farm cart!
I grew up less than a mile from where these tomatoes were farmed, and let me tell you, they were the perfect late summer treat.
Paired next to gorgeous sweet corn steamed on the grill
And BBQ chicken—caramelized and just a little charred! Perfection!
There are a lot of gourmet BBQ sauces on the market these days, but I grew up with this stuff.
OMG. It has high fructose corn syrup!!!! I’m pretty sure I’m going to die. But it’s the best. And I’ve eaten it all my life, so I guess if I die? Well, I had to die of something. Death by BBQ sauce!
As we finished up our delicious late summer meal, we got into a discussion about grammar.
What?!? This doesn’t happen at everyone’s dinner table???
Dad asked a question about commas.
When listing items in a series, do you use a comma before the conjunction, or not?
His English degreed daughter who has a job writing official documents for our own government (that would be me) replied,
Well, it depends.
AP Style (used by newspapers, magazines and government) says no. Other conventional styles (such as those I grew up with) say yes.
Dad felt it appropriate to argue.
Well that’s just stupid. Next thing you know, “whole ‘nother” is going to be in the dictionary!!!
Well, he does have point about the “whole ‘nother” thing. But stupid or not, that’s the way it is for commas. Nevertheless, he proceeded to argue with me about it for at least 10 minutes. Guess he was in an argumentative mood tonight!
We also talked about the whole “2 spaces after a period” convention that I, and my parents, were both taught in school. Apparently, this is no longer correct. Now, I took typing nearly 20 years ago, but I know I learned it right! Regardless, the convention has changed. One space only!
$20 to the person who can tell me when exactly this happened and who made this decision!
Then again, 2 spaces after punctuation never made that much sense to me anyway.
Ahhh . . . this has been another stimulating edition of grammar oriented dinner conversation. Now that you all know how boring I really am, you can go back to watching Bachelor Pad.
Are you a grammar stickler? Or do you not really care?