For instance, I used to love commas and always felt that commas should be used any place in the sentence I wanted the reader to pause. Apparently, the rules of punctuation disagree with my inclination to always pause and reflect in the middle of a compound sentence, depending on the type of clause and the order of the clause and other specifics I can’t wrap my head around right now. I’m not big on rules to begin with, so I now regard commas with some amount of suspicion.
|My youngest, aka the little one|
Taken aback, mainly because I had forgotten exactly which comma she was referring to, as well as the fact that commas actually had names, I said, “That’s so sweet,” and hurriedly ran to my laptop to Google the comma called Oxford. (In my defense, I’m on the wrong side of 40 and often forget the names of my own kids, but I digress.)
As soon as I realized what an Oxford comma was, I realized I was not as big a fan of it as my daughter was. (While I understand its importance for clarity in some sentences, the second comma seems extraneous to me in some cases.)
|My oldest, aka the big one|
During the process, I have discovered that one of my substitutions for commas, the em dash, is actually one of my favorites of all punctuation. It’s whimsical, a sort of pithy aside that creates a feeling or mood you just don’t get with a comma. (Some may wish to set out an argument for the parenthesis as well, but the parenthesis–which I only use to set off unimportant sentences that could be ignored–has NOTHING on the em dash.)
Perhaps the only punctuation I admire more than the em dash is the ellipsis–without a doubt, the sexiest of all the punctuation. The ellipsis signifies that there’s more to come, the unknown or uncertain. Perhaps even something mysterious and life-altering waits around the bend, at a time and place where that ellipsis comes to fruition...
Ellipsis. Gotta love them.
Next week. The big no-no. Fragments. Another way to avoid punctuation. And make a statement.
Further evidence that just because I know the rules doesn’t mean I have to follow them.
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