Thursday, July 28, 2016

When Commas Tell The Story

From the annals of appropriate use of commas:
I think the time has come now, where this whole network is going to have to band together, all of us, and we're going to have to call out the people who are actively trying to destroy this network, by using lies and deception and propaganda. We're going to have to start to call them out by name, because that's how bad it's become.
Think about it.

For the record, that's Bill O'Reilly after people pointed out, using the words of Abagail Adams, how idiotic was his claim that the slaves building the White House had it pretty doggone good.

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Dr Strangelove said...

We all manage to mangle the language now and then. But one would think that talker and writer O'Reilly would be smart enough to say what he means, and not admit the truth about him and Fox while doing it. That's quite the gaffe! This one should not be allowed to fade quietly away.

Sidney Schwab said...

To be fair, it was a transcription of what he said, so the comma wasn't how he spoke it. Don't tell anyone.

Dr Strangelove said...

The Washington Post has him quoted without the two critical commas. Even so, that statement quote is still an ambiguous near-gaffe. Some added bolding would make that version good for laughs.

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