comma with apposition: today's phrase "Kangaroo court."


Senior Member
Japanese and Japan
The sentence below is part of what I transcribed, listening to a radio program. The blank below is where I got stuck. The commentator, an educated American woman, is talking about the phrase “kangaroo court.”
I'd like to introduce ( )
Which, #1, #2, do you think she said for the blank above?
1. today's phrase "kangaroo court."
2. today's phrase, "kangaroo court."

I think #2 is appropriate, but I’m not sure.
  • chauncy

    English; Australia
    I agree. You should include the comma. According to what I learned in primary school, "today's phrase" and "kangaroo court" are "in apposition" and they would be separated by a comma.


    English; Australia
    Yes, that would be correct also.

    The example given by my teacher in 5th class in Sydney in 1967 was 'the prisoner, Desmond'. Desmond was a badly-behaved boy in my class, and the teacher was teasing him in the guise of a grammar lesson.