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From: "Myra Vanderpool Gormley" <>
Subject: Re: [APG] Punctuation, vertical lists
Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2007 18:13:53 -0800
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Without any throwing barbs at publications or their readers because of
editorial style rules -- the serial comma is not used by newspapers except
when necessary as in what's known as the "toast, juice, and ham and eggs"

There are rules and there are rules and then there are *&^% rules. As
writers, we struggle to adhere to them as best we can. However, there are no
absolute rights or wrongs -- only the styles that a publication's current
editorial follows and hopefully, it has a good editor on the other end who
will fix our minor transgressions.

--Myra Vanderpool Gormley

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Subject: Re: [APG] Punctuation, vertical lists

>>> "The children were Tom, Dick, and Harry."
> Richard wrote:
>>My first boss, the head of the news and information departmeht of the
> university where I was an undergraduate, would tear your head off at the
> review of the day's work if you placed a comma before "and" in a sequence.
> Un-hunh. Another one of those differences between newspaper writing and
> the
> rest of the publishing world, where the serial comma is used before "and"
> when there are three or more items in a series. But, of course, the
> newspaper world aims for readers at something like the seventh-grade
> level,
> so they avoid long and complex sentences
>>He even hollered at you if you put a semi-colon (as in a more complicated
> list) before an "and."
> I rest my case :).
> Elizabeth
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