Way past time I take punctuation seriously. These two tomes have moved up on my study list:
Reluctantly – with worry lines furrowing my brow – I am studying basic punctuation. It has been brought to my attention that I overuse, misuse, and frivolously use my nemesis:
I admit, I never paid attention to the correct use of that punctuation mark in school or since. Years ago I studied medical transcription, and I nailed 97% of the course. My downfall: that dang comma. I was torn apart by the teacher for being oblivious to this basic form of punctuation. She was baffled. More recently, I lost points in a writing contest for comma transgressions. The judge gave me 100% on everything else, but on punctuation: 50%. Once again, comma mucking ruined my chances.
I had hoped to slip out the back door on this issue during my lifetime, but it is becoming obvious I am going to have to work through this. I have overcome other areas, and this too will come (I hope).
I just need to find the proper motivation. With the Lord’s grace.
I have subscribed to the “put ’em wherever they feel right” method, and I am now becoming “comma-phobic.” My eyes glaze over, and I can only manage to skim read through the examples. Makes me feel downright silly, it does! (also over use exclamation points, and just avoid semi-colons).
There, confession is good for the soul. My new year’s resolution is to the master the COMMA.
So far, I have been pleasantly surprised as I re-read (or more truthfully, first time I didn’t skim read) “The Elements of Style.” I found it easy to read and even interesting. Amazing.
The Chicago Manual of Style, however, is still a blur!
THE WHITE HAIRED SHOOTER