Safire comma

Peter Richardson prichard at LINFIELD.EDU
Mon Dec 16 03:07:57 UTC 2002

On Sat, 14 Dec 2002, Laurence Horn wrote:

> Nice to see the credit for Barry.   I did notice one typo (or, if you
> prefer, type-o) just afterward, a missing comma ("Barry Popik, an
> etymologist has found..."), but (slightly) more substantively,

That second comma, the one after an appositive or even a relative clause,
seems to have been rejected wholesale by the media in general. The
sentence that Larry cites above reads as if the author were addressing
Barry directly, informing him that some etymologist has found...

Are pixels and electrons in such short supply these days?

Less substantively,


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