Pale and Wan
I have lost a few hours to sickness and debilitation this week, although for the most part I have soldiered on…
Is that a comma splice? I am told they are BAD but I think I go in for them rather a lot. In fact I am not averse to the odd comma splice so there. And, yes AND to start the sentence, I am not “averse” (not “adverse”) which I seem to hear used incorrectly so often on R4 as this morning on Today. Unlike the comma splice that is a hanging offence lol.
Clearly my niggles have put me in a scratchy mood. Today I have to go to a “Designer Outlet Village” which is where I imagine some of the lower grade fashion designers plot up to purge their really bad designs. This is obviously a good opportunity to try and aspire to diva ness but I know I am going to fail the test already. Not least because the destination is Braintree. I also have to take my passport, but that’s another story – now that comma IS naughty but never mind. The commas (or lack of) that I really object to are the ones that significantly change the meaning of a sentence, the rest are for pedants and editors.
P.S. OK I admit it – I am a pedant-in-training. The comma referred to is joining independent clauses and is in the right place. Does a comma splice join two clauses that should be sentences. I can’t remember. I shouldn’t speak or blog before noon as it all comes out rhubarb.