Thursday, September 3, 2015


Serial or Cereal?

“Many newspapers, both American and British, do not use the serial comma, which underscores the idea that the news is meant to be read fast, in the dead-tree version or on the screen, because it’s not news for long. It’s ephemeral. Print — or, rather, text — should be streamlined and unencumbered. Maybe the day is coming when the newsfeed-style three dots (ellipsis) between items, like the eternal ribbon of news circling the building at One Times Square, will dominate.”

—Mary Norris, copy editor and author, “Confessions of the Comma Queen,” The New Yorker, February 2015 

Editorial Comment: My heroes are my parents, Donald Trump and that guy who caught the big ling cod.

PeezPix by Ted Pease 

Will and the Big Lings (which is a good name for a band)

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1 comment:

  1. Oh my gosh! I laughed so hard my guts hurt. I am totally going to use this for a grammar lesson.