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Oxford comma can be safely ignored with better writing, such as:
Steve and my brother Thomas like having sex with farm animals.
My brother, Thomas, and Steve like having sex with farm animals.
If you use the Oxford comma, then it's not clear if this is two people (Steve and my brother Thomas) or three (Steve, Thomas and my unnamed brother).
Part of why it is going away is in online use, consecutive whitespace is ignored, so double, triple spacing has no effect. Your browser will treat it as a single space. So you guys are welcome to pound out as many spaces as you'd like, but us typography nerds won't be subjected to this bizarre practice.
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The challenge, frequently not met, is recognizing when the sentence can be interpreted another way.
What is wrong with 2 spaces after a sentence?
I negotiate and draft contracts, and there isn't a lawyer in my biz that doesn't use 2 spaces after a period. It's never been an issue.
Yet another thread hijacked into a discussion about grammar? I feel like I see one of these every day here. Maybe we should have a monthly thread devoted entirely to grammar, sort of like how we have a thread devoted to politics and one to the lesser sports.
Barnaby, where'd you get that list? I can't find GB% on BRef PI.
Also, the punctuation should go on the outside of the quotation mark, unless the punctuation is part of the quotation.
Like we have perfected football stats? If baseball was invented in Europe there would have been one stat, runs. RBI? Bah, nerd.
Do you call American football gridiron? Is that really a thing or just something people are trying to get everybody to say?
"American Football", or a suitable translation, like "Amerikansk Fotboll". Of course, there is seldom any need to distinguish between the sport and the league here, nobody cares about local leagues or college ball, so "NFL" works too.
Are you from Europe?
That Slate article LINKS TO ANOTHER ONE ABOUT CAPS LOCK.
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The sentence in your example, if it's referring to just two people, would properly be punctuated as "My brother Thomas and Steve like having sex with farm animals." No ambiguity there. Written with the commas, it can only refer to three different people.
Player W GS ERA+ IPCarl Hubbell 253 433 130 3590.1Joe McGinnity 246 381 120 3441.1Stan Coveleski 215 385 127 3082.0Billy Pierce 211 432 119 3306.2Tim Hudson 197 405 126 2682.1David Cone 194 419 121 2898.2CC Sabathia 191 383 125 2564.1Dutch Leonard 191 375 119 3218.1Jimmy Key 186 389 122 2591.2Dave Stieb 176 412 122 2895.1Kevin Appier 169 402 121 2595.1
Player W GS ERA+ IPEddie Plank 251 406 123 3432.2Whitey Ford 232 422 132 3053.1Warren Spahn 224 404 127 3231.0Tim Hudson 197 405 126 2682.1CC Sabathia 191 383 125 2564.1Kevin Brown 180 399 130 2776.1Jimmy Key 180 378 122 2512.1Dave Stieb 175 409 123 2845.0Kevin Appier 169 402 121 2595.1
I am not. I just think punctuation outside the quotation makes more sense. Much like #61, I also negotiate and draft contracts for a living. I have begun to follow my preferred approach to punctuating quotations in my documents (the European approach). I have found many who are willing to to accept this approach as correct. I have also found that lawyers aren't all that militant on the two spaces thing.
I tend to take a lot of what he says in public with a grain of salt these days. My guess is that his more innovative stuff is being kept in-house.
So your theory is that James' subscribers get to see the stuff that the Sox review and say, "hmmm, thanks Bill, what else have you got for us?" Perhaps, but I doubt it. I'm sure his work for the Sox is more specialized, to meet their needs, but I see no reason to think it's higher quality.
I actually didn't know people stopped using double spaces until this article.
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