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Bill Walsh
Washington Post copy editor and author of Lapsing Into a Comma, The Elephants of Style and Yes, I Could Care Less. (See also .)
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Bill Walsh 3h
I think it's fine there (rarefied company in history), but not the way Sanders said it.
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Bill Walsh 4h
Historic: making history. Historical: having to do with history.
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Bill Walsh 8h
So many get left out, they have to go somewhere. It's the conservation-of-hyphens maxim.
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Bill Walsh 8h
Reminds me of the Irish rebel song where my father he was orange and my mother she was green.
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Bill Walsh 9h
This is what happens when you set a bad example.
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Bill Walsh 10h
I'm the oldest of three brothers, all copy editors. (You'd think we'd have better focus.) Me, Terence, Kenneth.
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Bill Walsh Jul 24
Cold maps are the worst.
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Bill Walsh Jul 22
I wouldn't delete "his," but if you do, you should never use the commas.
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Bill Walsh Jul 22
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Bill Walsh Jul 22
You think that's Trump's only friend? Commas would mean that.
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Bill Walsh Jul 22
Can't scientifically test this, of course, but I'm positive I would have read the series straight through, no problem.
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Bill Walsh Jul 22
For some people, perhaps. Not for me.
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Bill Walsh Jul 22
But I don't think that's an option. Non-users have exceptions, but users always use it. (Correct me if I'm wrong, users.)
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Bill Walsh Jul 22
Yeah, that sounds right.
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Bill Walsh Jul 22
Hmm. I would need to know more about where it's being used.
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Bill Walsh Jul 22
Just a data point, but this serial comma threw me off for a second. I wondered what "lying sure beat" was slang for.
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Bill Walsh Jul 22
Actually, I think both Taft and Hoover did it.
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Bill Walsh Jul 22
Pronunciation was odd all around, but I didn't notice that one.
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Bill Walsh Jul 22
Obviously the 140-character limit means "Take this painfully literally and assume it is everything I know" has to go without saying.
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Bill Walsh Jul 22
Guess this is a better idea than bottles of horseradish and Heinz 57.
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