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Column: Un-comma problem spurs anxiety over punctuation




I misplace a lot of things: keys wallet gloves the dog’s leash. Recently I misplaced something that may not seem very important unless you read that last sentence carefully. Then you will realize that believe it or not I can’t find my comma.

Yes it’s true. The comma on the keypad of my iPhone simply disappeared. I will say this: I am very troubled. Where did it go? I don’t know; I still have plenty of other punctuation marks — which I really enjoy using. But I want my comma back!!!

There has been a lot written about how a comma can change the meaning of a sentence. A bestselling book titled “Eats Shoots & Leaves” actually has a comma after the word “Eats” describing a murderer who pauses for a snack before firing at his intended victim.

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