Another story from the absurd world in which we live: a case of textbook stupidity if there ever was one.
I just… you gotta be… I can’t even begin to… In what universe do people commemorate their education by destroying books? Sorry, I’m flummoxed.
However, to make book lovers, and education lovers, feel better, here’s a column about the correct use of the comma. When I read it I wanted to hug my computer. I whispered through the ether to the author: “Thank you. Thank you.”
Yes, I know I need help.
If I’ve seen it once, I’ve seen it a thousand times. I’m referring to a student’s writing a sentence like:
I went to see the movie, “Midnight in Paris” with my friend, Jessie.
Comma after “movie,” comma after “friend” and, sometimes, comma after “Paris” as well. None is correct — unless “Midnight in Paris” is the only movie in the world and Jessie is the writer’s only friend. Otherwise, the punctuation should be:
I went to see the movie “Midnight in Paris” with my friend Jessie.