Sunday, April 24, 2005
Grumpy Bookman good as always, this time on copy editors.
Good comment by BB and I can't think of a better example than the Oxford comma (aka serial comma, also aka the *Harvard* comma, I heard somewhere) where the editorial blue pencil is more hotly disputed.
Actually, I've learned something here - that most folks *favor* it, dammit:
Whereas I would never say "Red, white and blue", I do add a comma after 'and' in many cases - but it irks me each time. Patronising, I know, but constant harping on the length of my sentences has persuaded me of the need for 'speed bumps' in the form of punctuation to aid those who find it hard to carry more than a few words at a time.
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