IVP - Behind the Books - Serial Comma Killer

June 18, 2007

Serial Comma Killer

For all you scrappy editorial types who want to leap to the defense of the defenseless serial comma, our esteemed editorial director, Andy Le Peau, has thrown down the gauntlet. Here's a taste:

Read books from the 1700s or 1800s and you’ll likely see a comma infestation that puts the frogs of Egypt to shame, with every possible thought and phrase set off by punctuation. Writers tend not to do that anymore.

Read the whole argument here. Comment at your own risk!

Posted by Dave Zimmerman at June 18, 2007 12:51 PM Bookmark and Share


As a homeschool mom of past 21 years, I have fought nothing harder in grammar editing than the over-use of commas. And just what is an appositive and how could it possibly be restrictive?

Bottom line is that grammar is for good communication. Which leads me to wonder if Tim Ellsworth hasn't posted the all-time ironic example of how we can see: rules are made to be broken. Or not? I lose track of who's writing the rules here.

Comment by: Pam Stauter at June 20, 2007 2:05 AM

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