Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Betrayed by a comma


This morning I was working on an editing project, zipping along through a lengthy manuscript, working quickly and enjoying being “in the zone.” I’ve been working with this particular client on a number of related projects, and as a result, I’ve gotten to know his style of writing very well, such as how he uses (or mis-uses) punctuation, how he gets its and it’s mixed up, and in particular, how he eschews the “Oxford comma.”

I’m mentioning the Oxford comma not to debate it (there is only one correct answer! Use it!), but because it was the key to unraveling a little mystery that popped up as I was editing.