Thursday, July 30, 2009

I Love the Serial Comma

I had a piece published recently in a very nice venue, but the editor pitched my serial commas overboard.

I suppose it's standard practice now -- I'm too cheap to buy a Chicago Manual of Style -- because this morning as I read the New York Times another example of the missing serial comma jumped out at me.

“Michelle was a very hard-working, intelligent and dedicated assistant,” he said. “I think she will be a very successful trainer.”

There's simply no need for this. Commas are as plentiful. And I doubt either production of the ink to print them or the voltage/amperage to display them add to global warming in a significant way.
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