Two of the many things I worried about when I was setting up this blog were grammar and punctuation. They have never been my strong points.
Regular readers my regular reader (Hello Mum) will undoubtedly have spotted enough errors to keep a gaggle of grammarians and a myriad of punctuation sticklers spluttering for hours.
To help me on the punctuation front I have referred to Lynne Truss’s Eats Shoots & Leaves. (Christ on a gondola I wish I hadn’t started writing this post as I had to go to look up the apostrophe rule for the possessive of proper names ending in s). Anyway Lynne’s book is excellent and I am beginning to reacquaint myself with some of the punctuation rules I learnt at school and have blithely spent half a lifetime forgetting.
That said, commas are one of the things that defeat me. Where commas are concerned I have developed a dual approach; posts are either liberally bedecked with the curly punctuation mark or are left comma free. I take some comfort in the fact that the use of the comma is often a matter of style and not rule.
Now if I ruled the world for a day as well as making reading of my blog compulsory I might consider abolishing the comma.
Would you miss the comma?