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The Grammar Guru

Uncle Bertie had a cabin in the woods that he visited on holidays and weekends. It was near a small town outside Philadelphia.

Only a few hundred people lived there, and they all knew each other. The general practitioner, Dr. Graves, had delivered every single one of them, from the postmaster to the grocery store owner to the dentist. Many of them, in fact, were related. Dr. Graves, for instance, was Uncle Bertie's cousin.

An actor, Uncle Bertie rarely worked. Bored, he would call the local radio station several times a day with a weather report. "There's just a drizzle of rain right now, but the skies are getting darker, so we're probably in for it," he reported one day.

Sure enough, it poured, and everyone was stuck indoors. After a while, the dentist got a call from Dr. Graves. "Hey, Paul, I need a favor."

"Sure, Sam."

"My nephew from Denver is visiting me for a few days. He's been studying dentistry at college, and I was wondering if he could spend a little time watching you work." With a laugh, he added, "He's driving me crazy!"

"I think that's a fine idea."

"Thanks."

Well, the young man showed up, made himself a nuisance at the dentist's office and went on to spread discord wherever he went.

Finally, Sam saw his nephew off, and things went back to normal: agonizingly dreary.

Remember: Capitalize names of specific people and places.

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Quiz

Capitalize whatever needs capitals:

1. When elizabeth and Warren first met at a party, she was struck by his shyness.

2. No one in south Carolina was eager to move to georgia.

3. "Now that I've seen dr. faraday," said marilyn, "I've decided to go back to my old psychiatrist, Dr. wynn, in Montreal."

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Answers

1. Elizabeth (Warren was hiding in the closet.)

2. South, Georgia (Well, should they be?)

3. Dr. Faraday, Marilyn, Wynn (Since Marilyn now lives in Arizona, Wynn must be some shrink.)