Commas: The Consequence of Getting Them Wrong

Having published my last blog post earlier today, I took a look around the wondrous world of the #writing hashtag on Twitter.

Lurking there, silently watching other writers and and their offerings to the world, I felt a little like a stalker, truth be told. I also found some useful resources and a few great pieces of advice though, which made the stakeout worthwhile.

Then I found this (much thanks to: @CollChris) and I just had to share it. I haven’t seen a better illustration of the importance of correct comma usage since Eats, Shoots & Leaves (mentioned on this blog before here). Genius.

Oxford Comma

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Grammar Watch #1 #WhenISeeAObamaSticker I Cringe

In case you’ve missed it, #WhenISeeAObamaSticker is now trending on twitter. This angers me, for a number of reasons.

Firstly, it’s a bad hashtag – onerous and far too long. Secondly, the use of ‘a’ instead of ‘an’ before Obama is a terrible grammatical mistake that greatly devalues the weight of the anti-Obama arguments attached to the tweets. Thirdly, millions of morons across the world have used and retweeted the offending hashtag, spreading bad grammar even further through cyberspace.

It hurts my eyes. If you’re going to create a hashtag, get it right, please.

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