comma or exclamation mark with 'weird' [interjection?]: Weird, he is

RosyIvory

Member
Arabic - Egypt
In: Weird he is a genius. Tom, you've got to admit it.

Is it
Weird! he is a genius. Tom, you've got to admit it.
or
Weird, he is a genius. Tom, you've got to admit it.


I think they both are acceptable, but what would determine which one goes when?
 
  • panjandrum

    Lapsed Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    It seems to me to be an exclamation.
    If so, then it should be:
    Weird! He is a genius. Tom, you've got to admit it.

    I don't see how it could grammatically be part of the following sentence as in "Weird, he is ...".
     

    Forero

    Senior Member
    It might need a question mark:

    (Is he/You think he's) weird? (No,) he is a genius. Tom, you've got to admit it.

    Or the first sentence might be a short way to say:

    (It seems) weird (to me that) he is a genius.

    But that would seem out of place with what follows.

    What comes before these two sentences?
     

    RosyIvory

    Member
    Arabic - Egypt
    Concerning the conversation there's nothing said before, this is the first sentence in the conversation, but there're a couple of sentences talking about Alex who love a particular singer and Tom doesn't like him.
     

    Forero

    Senior Member
    I expect the context to tell us whether the speaker is calling something weird or questioning whether the "he" being spoken about might be weird. Here is how I would punctuate depending on context/intended meaning:

    Weird? He is a genius.
    (Questioning whether he might be "weird")

    Weird. He is a genius.
    (Calling someone or something weird)

    Weird he is a genius.
    (Calling it weird that he is a genius)
     
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