Sunday, 13 June 2010

Comma splice - que?

Well, it appears I have been comma splicing all over the place for years and I’ve been getting away with it. I always thought a splice was either one of two things. See picture – that’s a mango passion Splice sold in Australia. Yum. The other splice I know of is learning how to splice film, years ago at uni. But comma splice? What the?

A comma splice in this case is to do with editing. A learned colleague reported thusly…I like the word thusly. We don’t use it enough…anyway–

“…it’s when two clauses are joined together only with a comma, not linked properly with a conjunction… purists don’t like it…”

Okay – they only thing I got out of that was “purists don’t like it…” So, thusly as I’m not pure I feel the whole comma splice thing thusly applies only to the pure. Problem solved. See how easy editing can be when you use logic like that.

Thusly yours…

Amarinda Jones
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