Grammatical Over-Correction #3: Commas

This is my third post tonight. I’m going to stop after this and do something else like yoga or sleep.

I have a problem. I have chronic comma over-use syndrome. I need all of my fellow grammar Nazis to point out all of my over-use errors. I get sick of editing my posts and removing 900 unnecessary commas. Share your frustration because I know it kills you to read with all those damned commas all over the place.

I welcome your editing.

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12 thoughts on “Grammatical Over-Correction #3: Commas

  1. Comma’s are our friends. I have the same problem with dashes. When I want to emphasize a point (comma) or add a pause (like now) (comma) I will add a dash in place of a comma. Not sure if it’s improper or not (comma) but so far (dash) no one has corrected me. Chances are they don’t know either.

  2. I embrace your commas! LOL

    I have an acquaintance who ABUSES ellipses to no end! Like this:

    I have ….. an acquaintance ….. who …… ABUSES ….. ellipses ….. to no end.

    And they’re only supposed to be THREE dots! Not five or ten.

    *whew*

    So, no, your commas are fine with me.

  3. I don’t recall you misusing commas, and I’m the kind of person who would be able to list the offenses.

    I can’t stand when people offset occupation with a comma that makes it seem like the person mentioned is the only one to have ever had the job.

    Incorrect: Misery is a work by the author, Stephen King.

  4. @ Bauer

    OK, reading that was painful with all the parenthetical punctuation. Thanks a lot!

    @ Katrice

    Ellipses over-use is an office-wide offense at my job. Dear God in Heaven!!! Yes, only 3 dots and only for missing text or an incomplete thought. Ellipses are NOT periods.

    I should post the email string of me and the other grammar Nazis in the office freaking out over a particular executive’s infractions!

    @ ~m~

    And I thought you were just being polite. Well, point out my infractions now. I think I type commas when I’m pausing to think of where I’m going with a sentence. That’s the only explanation I have for how frequently I have to delete them.

  5. You know, Lex, one of the reasons I am sorely tempted to start another, secret blog is so I can post about relatives with impunity.

    Flip’s brother suffers from commarhea, as I call it. Flip gave him my url once and he read one post and sent me an email suggesting that I get a copy of Strunk & White, which had been so helpful to him over the years. His entire email was punctuated with commas between practically every two words.

    And by the way, I have never noticed anything in your writing that I would change. I think you’re amazing.

  6. mine is the comma. followed closely by the semicolon and the em dash. why i am unable to just write succinct sentences is beyond me.

    and i’m a WRITER, ferfackssake!

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