Why Photo Captions May Deserve a Grammatical Pass

Mignon Fogarty
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Why Photo Captions May Deserve a Grammatical Pass


Last week's Grammar Girl podcast was about how to write grammatically correct photo captions, and I explained that the standard English rule is to always put yourself last in a series of people, so the better caption would be "Aardvark and me," not "me and Aardvark." (Read the whole article for a discussion of whether it should be "I" or "me.")

However, a few people thought it would be better to write names in the order people appear in the photo rather than in the correct grammatical order. For example, they suggest that if you are on Aardvark's left in the picture, the caption should read "me and Aardvark."

One person even suggested using names instead of pronouns because strangers or distant relatives may not know who "me" is. I've certainly had that problem with old family photos. These suggestions make a lot of sense to me. What do you think?




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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.