Torin/Darren WhoEver (wolfieboy) wrote,
Torin/Darren WhoEver

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Pedantry and miscellany

There is something in the English language called the serial comma. It's the comma that is used in a list of items right before the conjunctive. So, it's the final comma (right before the and) in the phrase "spam, spam, and more spam". There are some that suggest that we should leave off the serial comma since it's supposed to help with the flow. But unfortunately, that leads to fascinating sentences such as:
This book is dedicated to my parents, Ayn Rand and God.
That must've made for very interesting teenage years. So, it is my considered opinion that the serial comma is best left in unless there is a very good reason to take it out.
As shown in this Straight Dope article, the correct expression to use is "Hear, Hear" rather than "Here, Here". "Hear, Hear" is evidently short for "Hear, all ye good people, hear what this brilliant and eloquent speaker has to say!"

If you want to correct me over e-mail, it is good to be sure that I need to be corrected first&hellip
One amusing story from my previous post. When I went to the mailbox yesterday, I was sure that I was going to get in a very good translation of the Song of Songs from the Christian Bible. So, I'm opening this package, looking for a certain type of book and find the books for Fairy Meat. Considering what I was expecting, this was a bit of a shock.
Finally, miss_twilight directed me to a poll by wynona. She's asked for more input, so I thought I'd mention it here.
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