"The Situation" Does Grammar

Noun? Adjective? Adverb?

Mignon Fogarty
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  by Mignon Fogarty

Although the cast members of MTV's Jersey Shore got off to a rocky start, they eventually agreed (mostly) that Mike Sorrentino's nickname, “The Situation,” is a noun. They figured it out by falling back on that comforting phrase from grade school (and Schoolhouse Rock!): a noun is a person, place, or thing.


A question some people may find trickier is whether Mike should capitalize “The Situation.” He should, and he does. He noted that his nickname is capitalized when he spelled it while ordering a pizza. All nicknames are capitalized because they are treated like names, which makes them proper nouns.

About the Author

Mignon Fogarty

Mignon Fogarty is the founder of Quick and Dirty Tips and the author of seven books on language, including the New York Times bestseller "Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing." She is an inductee in the Podcasting Hall of Fame, and the show is a five-time winner of Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards. She has appeared as a guest expert on the Oprah Winfrey Show and the Today Show. Her popular LinkedIn Learning courses help people write better to communicate better.