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Not to make light of a serious subject; however, we believe this headline needs some comma consideration.

A wikiHow article has this title:

“How to Deal With a Genuinely Stupid, Mean Mother As a Teen”

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(click here to see the real Web site)

It is not clear, from the title, who’s the teen.

As is: “How to Deal With a Genuinely Stupid, Mean Mother As a Teen”

With Comma Clout: “How to Deal With a Genuinely Stupid, Mean Mother, As a Teen”

Even better: “How to, As a Teen, Deal With a Genuinely Stupid, Mean Mother”

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We saw this headline on the People’s Pharmacy Web site:

“Generic Drug Recall Linked to Deaths”

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(click here to see the real Web site)

We believe that a comma could clear up any confusion about whether the drug or the recall was linked to deaths.

As is: “Generic Drug Recall Linked to Deaths”

With Comma Clout: “Generic Drug Recall(ed), Linked to Deaths”

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Oh, Oprah!

Oh dear. This Oprah.com headline is in desperate need of a comma!

“How to Talk to Your Kids About Sex with Dr. Laura Berman”

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(click here to see the real Web site)

As is: “How to Talk to Your Kids About Sex with Dr. Laura Berman”

With Comma Clout: “How to talk to Your Kids About Sex, with Dr. Laura Berman”

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We think this omission was a product of Ads by Google …

“Learn how to read and write English at-home with Penn Foster”

(the Web site does not seem to sport this error)

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(click here to see the real Web site)

As is: “Learn how to read and write English at-home with Penn Foster” (At this time, we have no comment about the misused hyphen in this ad.)

With Comma Clout: “Learn how to read and write English at home, with Penn Foster”

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