Do you see two lovely, glowing mothers-to-be?
Do you see two reality TV stars desperate for publicity?
Perhaps the poetic side of you is tickled that their names are alliterative?
You know what I see?
I can’t help it. Ever since I got involved in all this grammar stuff, I’ve become obsessed.
Kendra’s baby bump is the start parenthesis and Kourtney’s is the end parenthesis.
Now do you see it?
We use parentheses to enclose extra information that is not crucial to the meaning of the sentence. (I am not suggesting that these babies-to-be are not important, but let’s be realistic: like a proper tabloid article, the main focus of the article will be the ladies’ weight gain, mood swings, sex lives, and implants.)
According to this US Weekly article, the material inside the parentheses is about five months old. This means that the fetus is about half its birth length and weighs one pound.
The material inside the parentheses is not fully developed, and when the material inside the parentheses is not fully developed (i.e., when it is not a complete sentence), the period goes outside the end parenthesis, like this:
Kendra has been working out, but Kourtney hasn’t been focused on physical fitness (although she used to be a running enthusiast).
On the other hand, when the material inside the parentheses forms a complete sentence, the period goes inside the parentheses.
Kendra starts each day with a bowl of her favorite cereal, Lucky Charms, and then sends an assistant to fetch a BLT sandwich. (I want an assistant to fetch my food.)
And while we're on the subject of body parts that look like punctuation marks, here's a comma:
And this is a colon on its side:
And I'll stop here before this post becomes R rated.