Is this grammatically correct?

It began on Sunday, of all days.

Or is a comma unneeded? Otherwise, it would be:

It began on Sunday of all days.

Which would make it sound a bit awkward due to the absence of punctuation.

  • Either reading sounds fine to me. If you prefer to signal a pause / the associated intonation, use the comma. But what do you find in a Google search? – Edwin Ashworth Jun 26 '17 at 9:09

Use the comma, or like you said, it would sound a bit awkward. The comma is there to give a pause.

The idea here is not "Sunday of all days", because that is not a thing. What would a "Sunday of all days" even mean?

Of all things -- Longman

used to show that you are surprised or shocked by something that someone has done or said

She gave up a promising career as a stockbroker to become a weaver, of all things.
One of my mess-mates was killed by a beer barrel, of all things.

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  • By this argument, a comma is {virtually) mandatory in 'We sat eating snails in the garden.' – Edwin Ashworth Jun 26 '17 at 9:12
  • @EdwinAshworth I didn't get you. Is my answer (I'm not an expert) incorrect? – NVZ Jun 26 '17 at 9:14
  • If you look at examples, they seem to indicate that there is a choice here. The comma is not needed to disambiguate; I'd use it if I wanted a pause after 'Sunday', but wouldn't consider it necessary. 'Sunday' would be emphasised in reading in either case. – Edwin Ashworth Jun 26 '17 at 9:16
  • @EdwinAshworth Fair enough. I did actually just say "use the comma... for pause" – NVZ Jun 26 '17 at 9:18
  • @EdwinAshworth Maybe I don't have the best words to explain stuff, which is why I usually just stick to copypasta answers under SWRs, and that is actually not a good fit for the site either. – NVZ Jun 26 '17 at 9:20

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