Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Cereal Comma

The serial comma. What camp are you in? Add that third comma or not? Example: "Dana, Vicki, and Bennie fell asleep on the couch after eating the whole package of peanut brittle Theresa brought over to thank Vicki for planting the beautiful flowers, bushes, and shrubs in her front yard." I think the answer is pretty obvious: Vick better get her butt back over there and plant some more stuff!

1 comment:

  1. Comma punctuation in the information age is much more lax. Allegedly, commas slow down the reader, so if it isn't absolutely necessary it's okay to eliminate them. As you can see above, I have a hard time parting with my commas. However, I managed to force myself to eliminate that third serial comma in my book, Rose's Will.