Posts Tagged: oxford commas

Hi Comma; Bye, Comma

From the Chronicle:

Punctuational minimalism has emerged as one of the hallmarks of casual online style—social media, texting, commenting, message boards. One inescapable example, which I’ve previously discussed, is the sea change in email greeting from “Hi, Name” to “Hi Name.”

"This is by no means exclusively the province of kids and illiterates," writes Ben Yagoda, citing a philosophy blog with a run-on vibe. Well, okay. But The New Yorker, the "the veritable St. Peter’s Basilica of the comma," is holding up the other end and still going HAM on elite punctuation:

For The New Yorker, using this punctuation mark in all generally accepted and even [...]


Dogs, Babies, and the Process of Learning to Generalize

The other day, the baby lurched clumsily across the floor to our large bag of dog food, from which she usually successfully extracts two or three pieces of high-quality low-residue kibble a day. This time, she paused and scrutinized the illustration on the front. She touched it, and said: "dawwwwww?"

Yes! we said. Dawwwwwwg.

She looked confused. Then she walked to the bed and craned her head up until she made eye contact with our actual dog. "Dawwwwwwww?"

Yes! we said. Dawwwwwwg.

And then she went back to the bag, and hugged it. And we were all THIS IS HOW MALCOLM MCDOWELL FELT WHEN HE ENTERED THE NEXUS IN STAR [...]