CommasPosted: June 19, 2012
I love commas. I also love semi-colons, but that’s not the point of this post.
I love commas, but I have this apparently ridiculous notion that they should go where they belong and stay out of the way where they don’t. I’m doing a boatload of editing at work these days, instead of the boatload of research I was doing previously, so I’m coming across a LOT of commas.
Sentence one: “including but not limited to, x, y, or z.”
Sentence two (that is, the immediate next sentence): “may include, but are not limited to 1, 2, or 3.”
Consistency people. If you can’t be correct, can you at least be consistent?