Related to youtube/5ycx9hFGHog, I'd like to know whether it is correct or incorrect to put a comma between "server" and "please", when writing about an act of calling one's server, whether the "please" part is even appropriate, and what sort of punctuation is expected in the end when describing an act of calling for a server (should one use an exclamation or even a question mark?).

I've tried to Google for "server, please!", but all results I get don't seem to be related to an act of calling for a server (prompted by "waiter" vs "server", I've then tried "waiter, please", too, but it wasn't all that much better, especially due to the words apparently being some sort of a brand for some app and/or service).

  • Context is required for a question like this, and you have none. I can't believe I watched that whole video and NOT ONCE did anyone say "server" and then "please." At 0:55, Bill Gates says, "There's the server. Server?!" Then at at 1:23, the other guy holds up his finger and says, "Server?!" Neither one of them ever say "please." You're asking a question about the appropriateness of something that was never actually said, so it's moot. – Benjamin Harman Jul 14 '16 at 21:12
  • @BenjaminHarman, yes, I realised that only after re-watching the video; also, I'm very sorry if you didn't enjoy this classic. – cnst Jul 14 '16 at 21:50

Your 'server' is a noun of 'direct address'. Like an interjection (or adverbial phrase), it's placement in a sentence is variable, but it should always be set off by comma[s]. 'Please' is also an interjection, but that is obvious enough that a comma isn't always needed. Here are samples of their mobility: "Waiter, please[,] bring me the check." = "Bring me, waiter, the check, please."

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