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Jul 11, 2018 - 2:12:15 PM
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Owen

Canada

2237 posts since 6/5/2011

Don't know whether it is truly "hilarious," but it is kinda funny....

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Jul 11, 2018 - 3:11:08 PM

Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

21369 posts since 8/3/2003

Yes, pretty hilarious!! Thanks for the laugh. The more I read it, the funnier it becomes.

Jul 11, 2018 - 3:12:20 PM
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7803 posts since 2/22/2007

The Oxford Comma must have hired a PR firm. I had never heard of it until I encountered the term on this forum; and now this is the second mention here. And I have recently heard it referenced on TV, more than once. It seems that I have always used it without knowing it's name, or any special distinction from all those other run of the mill commas.

Jul 11, 2018 - 5:24:05 PM

OM45GE Players Union Member

USA

77499 posts since 11/7/2007

That is sooooo funny.

Up here in Boston, we call it a Harvard Comma.

Jul 11, 2018 - 7:25:23 PM

Chris Meakin Players Union Member

Australia

1801 posts since 5/15/2011
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Jul 11, 2018 - 7:47:05 PM

1507 posts since 9/12/2016

I am so lost anymore on all of that and I wish I was not.
Commas.colons semi colons,parenthesis,indenting paragraphs ,dangling participles etc..I have not needed this knowledge for years .
I need to try to'' brush up'' on it,in order to ,maybe have the readers comprehend my points more exact.I know the quotation marks are not correct ,but I feel the need to offset "brush up" in it's own area.Suggestions would be welcome.

Jul 11, 2018 - 10:33:46 PM
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4636 posts since 5/8/2014

I was taught the Oxford comma before I knew it had a name.

At my age, I’m unlikely to change—assuming, of course, that I saw a reason to do so.

For fun, read Lapsing into a Comma by Bill Walsh:  

https://www.amazon.com/Lapsing-Into-Comma-Curmudgeons-Print/dp/0809225352

Edited by - Rawhide Creek on 07/11/2018 22:36:56

Jul 11, 2018 - 10:38:24 PM
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Chris Meakin Players Union Member

Australia

1801 posts since 5/15/2011
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quote:
Originally posted by Tractor1

I am so lost anymore on all of that and I wish I was not.
Commas.colons semi colons,parenthesis,indenting paragraphs ,dangling participles etc..I have not needed this knowledge for years .
I need to try to'' brush up'' on it,in order to ,maybe have the readers comprehend my points more exact.I know the quotation marks are not correct ,but I feel the need to offset "brush up" in it's own area.Suggestions would be welcome.


If it helps, I understand what you write here on BHO every time.

If you really do wish to learn to write "correctly" i.e. well enough to be published, then maybe just read well written essays or books and note the punctuation, spelling, grammar, syntax etc, then apply it to your own writing. I don't necessarily mean read Edward Gibbon's 'The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire', just a reputable newspaper, novel, tractor manual or the like. Something you enjoy reading.

You might also want to consider a free online US English writing course, but at the end of the day I wouldn't take it on if it's not fun.

There are some free, self-paced courses coming up here: https://www.edx.org/course?search_query=Writing

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