Were you comma-tose when you wrote that?

Someone writing for the Yahoo! front page has gone a little comma-happy:

fp or set a remote

With all those commas, this is the equivalent of what the writer wrote: This is not a side table. It is not a place to store magazines. It is not a set a remote control.

What the writer meant: It’s not a side table or a place to store magazines or set a remote control.

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2 Responses to “Were you comma-tose when you wrote that?”

  1. ZZMike Says:

    Isn’t that just a comma-separated list?

    “The old vicar, the new vicar, the pub landlord, the mayor and the chairman
    were at the meeting.”

    (The final comma seems to be optional.)


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