Wednesday, 20th February, 2008

Why Commas are Important

Commas are important. Here’s a lovely example from the blurb on the back of a science book, “An Introduction to Scientific Research”, McGraw-Hill, 1952. The important comma

“In this practical guide to research the emphasis is on principles, techniques, and procedures. The author, who is Theodore William Richards, Professor of Chemistry at Harvard, first explores the choice and statement of a research problem …”

Question: what’s the author’s name?

It’s E. Bright Wilson Jr., of course. Minor error – major misinformation.

 

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