It was a good one this week: check it out.
Anyway, yesterday the doctor was behind a bit so we were obliged to work through lunch. I left to grab a quick bite at *edited so as not to get sued* and ate it at my desk. "You ready, Doc?" says I, your favorite Empty Blue Digital Headache... at which point I felt a stab of pain deep in my guts.
It's often called food poisoning - it should be called Lord take me now! Yup, it sucks harder than getting smacked around on a regular basis by Da Warboss Stalin, the Official Strictly Average Criticizer (the O-SAC).
So how is punctuation related? It began with a reader on Bell discussing why I should have used the word Codices instead of Codexes. It makes for an interesting conversation, but it was pretty much a dead topic by the time I saw it this afternoon... at home... after getting kicked out of work today for groaning too much.
The only way punctuation and food poisoning are related is I had diarrhea of the keyboard when I wrote a brief response to the original responder. Since it relates to my philosophy on writing, I decided to drop it here. Let me know what you think.
(So Yea, My Feelings Were Hurt!)
This conversation was already played out and done by the time I read it, so I don't want to stir the whole thing up again.
I did want to let you know I made a deliberate decision in regards to 'Codexes' versus 'Codices,' and not because it was flagged by Word. It wasn't, actually, and I've confirmed that just now. I'm also aware what the standard plural word is.
No, I used the word deliberately, because I've seen GW use it in the past! It stuck with me for the same reason you noticed it in this article, but I figured that was term they wanted to use and I'd use it. No other reason. :)
I probably wouldn't have mentioned it at all, except your first sentence caught my attention. You intimated there are a number of grammar errors - and I'll go ahead and admit that hurt!
Couldn't you have just called me a talentless hack then insulted my mother? Honestly it would have bothered me less. :)
You obviously care about these issues, and I respect that. I do too. The written word is very important to me and I know the rules of punctuation. The dropped commas and the overuse of ellipses, semi-colons, and dashes is a very deliberate style choice, and I do so because I believe it reads better.
We're all taught in grade school to pause at commas (which, by the way, is the most common misconception governing its use), and it's my belief we're trained to do so even when we're reading silently! I like to keep the flow of a paragraph moving so I pull them where I can.
I put an example in that last sentence! It would be correct to insert a comma and the word 'and,' but it's unnecessary.
This isn't a decision I made in perfect ignorance. You're probably aware that, unlike French (which I studied in school... and that may explain some of my more unsavory habits) there is no central authority governing the English language. That said, change happens; usually and most quickly through generations writing the way they speak. To make a long example shorter, there is a movement in place now - and it's being taught in colleges across the county - to discard the overuse of the comma...
...and maybe remove some of the 350+ rules associated with it!
Anyway, I've gone on long enough, but since you showed the passion to comment I thought you deserved a serious response from the author. I'm human, so of course I make mistakes, but I come about them honestly and not through ignorance or laziness.
I appreciate your time, now and in the future. :)