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Topic: Comma Frustration
Posted: Thursday, October 8, 2009 8:45:22 PM
bugdoctor wrote:


bugdoctor,
According to "The Great Thoughts," George Seldes, ed., Ballantine Books, New York, 1985, the quote you proffer is by Gerald R. Ford, as referenced in Time on 8 November, 1976.

It is one of my favorite quotes, and is surprisingly attributed to a man who said little else of note, so thought I would try to defend him.

To the rest of the forum,

I was taught that a comma precedes an "and" in a list of three or more, and is also used to denote a pause (or breath) within a standard sentence, as it generally indicates a sub-clause. I think standard speech will justify this, but I don't have an authority to reference, and have seen so many usages that I am unlikely attempt to provemy point by extensive academic research.

But it is one of those things that can irritate people one way or another. My maternal grandmother, put commas, in every sentence, she ever wrote, maybe because, she learned English, after, speaking German for the first, years of years of her life. ;-)