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  1. I’ll leave his name alone…

    I guess “cool people” is today’s “good people”, which is certainly an acceptable idiom. Do people (good or otherwise) put “good people” in quotes?

  2. I want to hope that there’s a comma missing somewhere in that quotation.

  3. Ha – I totally missed the missing comma… Yes, that puts a totally different spin on that quotation!

  4. There’s no “missing” comma.

    I agree with len‘s assessment that “she’s cool people” is analogous to “she’s good people.”

    Obviously, “people” is plural, and as such, doesn’t agree with “she,” but these phrases are both widely used, and are hardly a new phenomenon.

  5. Didn’t he really mean to say, “She cool people”?

  6. Stating the obvious

    http://www.npr.org/
    templates/story/story.php?
    storyId=12173654

    Here is Kate’s NPR radio interview. If you still think this girl knows ANYTHING about grammar after listening to this, and you don’t think she’s anything less than egotistical, pretentious, self-promoting, and just plain ridiculous, there is something wrong with you. Just because you put some comma and apostrophe stickers on some signs, doesn’t make you a “grammar vandal.” What credentials does she have to viciously attack anyones grammar? She can barely answer the simple questions answered in this interview! It’s great how she goes silent after every question, and seems to ask her interviewer if her answers are correct. Pathetic. No one has perfect grammar, as we see in this blog. No one. And Especially not Kate. So, enough with this crap. Enough with this bashing blog! The people have spoken in ALL of her comments. Enough is enough, Kate.

    (oh, and I know you won’t answer this post, because you’re too good for that, just like your “favorite bloggers.” Like…Perez Hilton. Laughable.)

  7. No one is being forced to read Kate’s blog. If you don’t like what she has to say, don’t read it. Please stop littering her comments with pointless attempts to defame her if you have nothing real to add to the grammatical dicussion.

  8. *discussion.

  9. AMEN! No one is being forced to read Kate’s blog. Why don’t you give us the address of your blog, anonymous, so we can all read about your fabulous, wonderful, and SUPER exciting life!?! That would be like so TOTALLY awesome! Maybe we can do each other’s hair later and be BFFs! Or wait…you just like to put SPAM on other people’s blogs and hide behind your cheap ass used dell laptop! HAPPY SPAMMING!

  10. No, there definitely is a missing comma. Assuming that Ne-Yo is saying, “She’s cool,” to a group he addresses as “people,” the headline should actually read, “She’s cool, people.”

    Missing commas in comments addressed to parties are becoming far more common lately.

  11. Assuming that Ne-Yo is saying, “She’s cool,” to a group he addresses as “people,”

    Why would you assume that? It forces the headline to be grammatically incorrect, but I’m pretty sure it’s a false assumption.

    The article didn’t say that Ne-Yo was addressing people, but that he “told PEOPLE” (all-caps). This suggests to me that he was speaking to an interviewer writing for the magazine.

    If we look at the more complete quotation in the article text, there’s further evidence to support the lack of a comma:

    “I’m a fan of Hayden’s show Heroes, so I was excited to know she was going to do this with me,” the singer continued. “Hayden is cool people. She’s a little silly. But silly is good.”

    As len and I both pointed out, it’s somewhat common for speakers to use the idiom “cool people” when describing a single person (in the same way that “good people” has been used in the past). That in itself isn’t grammatically correct, but “fixing” the headline with a comma betrays the speaker’s intended meaning.

  12. Just to clarify my response to Brandon on 11/22: I thought he was referring to a comma which should have been placed after “Ne-yo”…

  13. Really? I’ll take your word for it. I’ve never heard “cool people” used as an expression. It would have been in all caps if it referred to the magazine.

  14. Oops… I think I might have tripped over my own words there. The PEOPLE that’s all caps refers to the magazine. The one that’s not is part of the phrase “She’s cool people.”

    It’s not the most common phrase, but it got 16 thumbs-up votes on Urban Dictionary. For some reason, I’m willing to bet that’s NOT your favorite reference material, though! =)

    Also, look at all of these comments! Even when you subtract out the troll, this turned into a pretty lively debate, huh? Someone should tell Ne-Yo!

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