Comma Chaos, and Vote YES For Tarts

Here is the latest from my favourite source of comma-based hilarity. Could the writers be messing with our heads? No, I don’t think so. They just have no idea.

What would Warren Buffett do?, nursing homes face spot checks, are you losing your senses?, how your iPhone could save your life, we ask older Australians if they support SSM and Lucy’s Lime Tart

This one’s a ’trifecta’: commas after question marks (just wrong); a comma (after ‘life’) that appears to link two unrelated ideas; and a missing Oxford comma (needed after ‘SSM’).

We won’t even talk about checking those spotty faces in the nursing homes.

Fixing the commas won’t save this one; what’s needed is a series of dividers (dots or dashes).

e.g. What would Warren Buffett do? • Nursing homes face spot checks • Are you losing your senses? • How your iPhone could save your life • We ask older Australians if they support SSM • Lucy’s Lime Tart

Worse still, four out of every five newsletters begin with these types of mistake.

I should unsubscribe, but I just can’t resist reading them.

All I can say is: Speak out for Lucy’s Lime Tart, all you older Australians!

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