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We were thrilled when we got the new Palm® Prēphone. Never mind all of the nifty new features, the sleek design, the lightning-fast response, etc., that we could go on and on about. Look at the comma clout! Finally, an important punctuation mark, our favorite, of course, that is available without an auxiliary key. We were compelled to feature it in our blog. Thanks, Palm!

Pre comma clout

Of course, we just had to post this article from The Globe and Mail! Now, this is true comma clout!

“Comma quirk irks Rogers”

(click here for the true story)

million dollar comma

Got this spam/phishing email today about unusual bank activity and a possible suspension of a bank account … yeah, right.

Anyway, the email is in need of the Grammar Police and Comma Clout, so here goes.

“Dear Bank Customer_ ,

Because of unusual number of invalid login attempts on your account, we had to believe that, their might be some security problem on your account…”

Comma Clout needed:

  1. remove the space before the comma in the greeting: “Dear Bank Customer,
  2. remove the comma before the incorrectly-used “their” in the first sentence: “… we had to believe that …”

Grammar Policing needed: “their” should be “there:” “… we had to believe that there might be …”

See the Grammar Police blog post: “There you have it …” for more on There vs. Their (and They’re).

Job, readiness?

Actually, the following Craig’s List job posting headline may need a colon instead of a comma:

“Part-Time Job Readiness Class Instructors Needed”

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(click here to see the real job posting)

Unless this is to say that job readiness is to be part-time (we’d think not), it needs treatment:

As is: “Part-Time Job Readiness Class Instructors Needed”

With Colon Clout: “Part-Time: Job Readiness Class Instructors Needed”

Even better: “Part-Time Instructors Needed: Job Readiness Class”

Mommie, Dearest?

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”

Cause, of death?

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”

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”