“A missing comma keeps Oakhurst Dairy labor lawsuit alive”

“A missing comma keeps Oakhurst Dairy labor lawsuit alive” March 15, 2017

 

A road to no place
You might call this “Poor Punctuation Boulevard”
(Wikimedia CC public domain)

 

I am a strenuous advocate of the “Oxford comma” or “serial comma.”

 

The Deseret News, for which I write a weekly column and co-author a biweekly column, is not.  (They may, in this, reflect a more general journalistic opposition to the serial or Oxford comma.)

 

Anyway, Doug Ealy has called my attention to a case that illustrates the dire consequences that can ensue when people follow evil and depraved punctuation practices:

 

http://bangordailynews.com/2017/03/15/business/a-missing-comma-keeps-oakhurst-dairy-labor-lawsuit-alive/

 

Divine judgment, say I.

 

Lynne Truss’s famous book on the subject illustrate the need for appropriate commas:

 

Eats, shoots, and leaves might be about a cowboy in a saloon.

 

Eats shoots and leaves is about a panda.

 

 


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