I would like to know your thoughts on how to correctly punctuate this sentence:

When people comment how sipag or consistent I am working out during this time, I shrug it off because a. I don’t take compliments well teehee and b. I’ve been working out everyday for years so it wasn’t a chore, it has simply become a habit.

(This is from a blog post, which you can read from this link: http://gojackiego.com/quarantine-life/)

I'd like to point out 5 things:

First, "sipag" is a Filipino word, which here means "diligent." You don't have to comment that it should have been enclosed in quotation marks because it's italicized. No need for quotes.

Second, should "a." & "b." be enclosed in parentheses? Does each of them need to have a period after it?

Third, should "teehee" be enclosed in commas, parentheses, or dashes? I would prefer an answer that explains well how using commas is best because I would like my research to focus on commas. I am a college student taking up Bachelor of Arts in English and my somewhat approved Research title is "Metro Manila Bloggers on the Mastery of Punctuation in Writing." I'm going to make it narrower by focusing on commas. Out of all these 5 points, I would like this third one to be given full consideration.

Fourth, "everyday" should be separated with a space.

Fifth, the comma after "chore" should have been a semicolon.

Thank you!

  • I've been racking my brains to think how alternatives a and b are usually punctuated, and can't find any examples! I think you could either put them in parentheses or use italics with a full stop. The interjection (teehee) could be enclosed in either parentheses or dashes. May 20, 2020 at 10:23
  • @KateBunting Thanks! Do you have references regarding the interjection?
    – Celine
    May 20, 2020 at 10:35
  • Gyles Brandreth, in Have You Eaten Grandma?, says 'Pairs of em-dashes are used... to enclose an interruption. The moment I glimpsed her -- kerpow! -- it was love at first sight.' May 20, 2020 at 10:49
  • @KateBunting Thank you very much!
    – Celine
    May 20, 2020 at 13:22


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