Where Does the Comma Belong?

drmilktruck

I Bleed Orange
May 17, 2009
18,941
Plymouth, MN
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drmilktruck

I Bleed Orange
May 17, 2009
18,941
Plymouth, MN
From one of my all time favorite books:

“A panda walks into a cafe. He orders a sandwich, eats it, then draws a gun and fires two shots in the air.

"Why?" asks the confused waiter, as the panda makes towards the exit. The panda produces a badly punctuated wildlife annual and tosses it over his shoulder.

"I'm a panda," he says, at the door. "Look it up."

The waiter turns to the relevant entry and, sure enough, finds an explanation.

Panda. Large black-and-white bear-like mammal, native to China. Eats, shoots and leaves.”

― Lynne Truss, Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
 

mrfixitmi

Country Gent
Mar 20, 2010
1,863
Michigan
Let’s eat grandma!

Sorry make that:
Let’s eat, grandma!

Love it, I have that shirt, I got it from my Mom.


I am pitiful when it comes to commas, Sister Zachary (5th grade) told my Mother that I use commas like a drunken sailor uses "F-Bombs", (True Story). I worked hard on eliminating them, then the real abuse started. That was probably her way of telling me if you have to error throw in a comma anyway.
 

section2

Country Gent
Dec 21, 2016
2,559
Toronto
Inspired by the good Doctor, I just read a story about how the presence or absence of a single comma in some legal contracts has amounted to wins/losses of millions and tens of millions of dollars.

It's true! We studied one of those cases in my first year of law school. Sometimes a single comma really does change the entire meaning of a sentence... and sometimes that sentence is the cornerstone of a multi-million-dollar deal. :D
 

Henry

I Bleed Orange
Apr 9, 2014
18,541
Petaluma
Seigfried Farnon (played by Robert Hardy in "All Creatures Great and Small") insisted it was "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen". Watched that just two nights ago.
Should it be "all creatures, great and small"? :rolleyes:

E.g. "all those ready and willing, follow me." This applies to those who are both ready and willing. Not those willing but not ready, or ready but not willing.
 


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