In her highly popular book, Eats, Shoots & Leaves, obsessive-compulsive punctuation policewoman, Lynn Truss, quotes Nicholson Baker in his book Room Temperature as he muses poetically on the shape of the comma. It recalls to his mind…
“the pedals of grand pianos, mosquito larvae, paisleys, adult nostril openings, the spiraling decays of fundamental particles, the prows of gondolas…”
“adult nostril openings…” Man, that’s great! I wish I’d thought of that first.
Okay. Now, if you’d like to have a little fun with how they’re used instead of what they look like, go here http://eatsshootsandleaves.com/ESLquiz.html for a little game to see how savvy you are with commas and apostrophes. I’m “a 92% stickler.”
Well? How did you do?