the odd, and sad, thing is people who are prone to punctuation prompting truly believe they are providing a service, absolutely says my most devoted and beloved personal promptress, but she is just across the room and has been granted all rights and privileges of said office whereas those more randomly inclined, actually unable to resist the urge when and where ever opportunity should present it grammatically twisted little head, well they should rather learn that discretion is the best part of valor, and silence slant to the golden rule. I endure, at work, the corrections of a large and loud Corrector, related I am sure to ‘arry’s Dementors, who calls me Colonial, and shakes his head with true grammarian anguish at my failing, shortcomings, and proclivities for flights of fancy grammar free. (I am sure there should have been a comma there, but where). On the other hand in a writing group on Tuesday, the lack of a comma was pointed out in terms of the sense of the sentence and that was both the place, the time, and need of a comment of this nature. b

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