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A conversation:

Me: Serial commas! Ugh!!!
Sandy: What?
Me: You know, serial commas? When you have a list of three or more items, the serial comma is the one before the "and." Some publications don't use it, but ours does.
Sandy: Thank God! I hate it when people don't do that! It's so confusing, 'cause what if you have an item in the list that has an "and" in the middle of it? Come on! It's not like we have to save up commas for the war!

Oh, lulz. It's even funnier because she was miming picking commas and putting them into a little bag for safe-keeping. I didn't even know Sandy had a victory garden, let alone a victory garden of punctuation marks.

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halieee
Apr. 13th, 2007 11:24 am (UTC)
we don't use serial commas because we save something like eight barrels of ink a year by not using them.
virtuistic
Apr. 13th, 2007 01:34 pm (UTC)
WHATEVER, MAN. Clarity is at stake!

Plus, when it's a 500 word crappy essay... you might as well. The reader is already swimming in a sea of confusion. It's only humane to take some pity.
greyduck
Apr. 13th, 2007 12:16 pm (UTC)
I'm amused by the mental image of a victory garden consisting of punctuation marks in pots and planters...
virtuistic
Apr. 13th, 2007 01:31 pm (UTC)
As you should be. XD
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