In this sentence:

Travel blogger, Marina Piro, left her job in 2016 and decided to hit the road with her best canine friend, Odie.

Is there a special name for the usage of the first two commas, and are they even necessary? I find them extremely jarring and unnecessary but maybe I'm missing something.

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    I also find it jarring, and likely unnecessary. – Cherish Hellfire May 11 '17 at 0:57
  • It's often called "commatosis". – Hot Licks May 11 '17 at 1:37
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because the original quote does not have commas around the name. – Cascabel May 11 '17 at 4:58
  • @Cascabel it's not just about this particular quote. I see this used all the time. – voodoo-burger May 11 '17 at 7:13
  • When you see that kind of use, they're called "parenthetical commas." bartleby.com/141/strunk.html – RaceYouAnytime May 11 '17 at 7:51

This is correct:

Travel blogger Marina Piro left her job in 2016.

This is also correct:

A/the travel blogger, Marina Piro, left her job in 2016.

In the second case, the thing between the commas is called an appositive. An appositive simply repeats and renames the thing that it follows. It could be removed, and the sentence would still make sense.

  • could you edit your answer to also mention that these are called parenthetical commas? – voodoo-burger May 12 '17 at 11:10


The above link is the original, which does not have commas around Marina Piro. The commas are incorrect, as they make her name non-restrictive; if the commas were correct, travel blogger would need a determiner.

  • This is where I read it: cheezburger.com/2109189/… – voodoo-burger May 11 '17 at 7:16
  • @voodoo-burger That particular quote has at least 3 errors in it ranging from mis-placed commas to a comma splice and even a mis-matched determiner. – Cascabel May 11 '17 at 19:33

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