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  • George Takai just facebook'd a 'Shatner comma' pic.
    https://www.facebook.com/georgehtakei/photos/a.223098324386295.105971.205344452828349/936217343074386/?type=1

    text reads:

    "There's the Oxford comma, but I like the Shatner comma.

    It's when you pepper them in, so, you know where, to add, dramatic pauses.

    Nicole, Leigh Shaw,
    writer of, quips
    NinjaMomBlog.com"



    May 1, 2014

  • "What's good about a Twitter kerfuffle is that while it might be full of outrage and disappointment -- I myself retweeted the sad but inaccurate news -- it is also full of people who can see the bright side. Even the bright side of a punctuation's ostensible demise. One such, writer Everett Maroon, was quoted by the Atlantic: "Professor friend o mine is against losing the Oxford comma, but wishes his students would lose the Shatner comma. You, know, what, he means."

    The Shatner comma! That, is, you, know, a really, fantastic, idea.

    See, the problem people have with the Oxford comma is that it puts a pause where some think one doesn't belong. The idea is that "I went to the market to get triple sec, limes and tequila" is better, or more modern, than "I went to the market to get triple sec, limes, and tequila." And the Shatner comma? It, does, nothing, but, put, pauses, where, they, do, not, belong."

    --From In "Goodbye, Oxford comma? Hello, Shatner comma!" (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/jacketcopy/2011/06/goodbye-oxford-comma-hello-shatner-comma.html) by Carolyn Kellogg

    September 24, 2012