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The Annals of Punctuation: Onerous Omissions…

In his blog Making Light, under the headline “The return of the final serial comma’s vital necessity,” Patrick Nielsen Hayden reproduces this clipping from the July 21 edition of the Los Angeles Times:

As Michael Quinion observes in World Wide Words, it’s reminiscent of the famous [but apocryphal] book dedication, “To my parents, Ayn Rand and God.”

As we recommit ourselves to curly clarity, we might recall that on this date in 1897 the first free-standing Library of Congress– the Jefferson Building– opened its doors to the public.  The Library had until then been housed in the Congressional Reading Room in the U.S. Capitol.

The Jefferson Building under construction (source)

 

 

 

Amo, amas, amat (or, “Classicists conjugate in all moods”)…

From the ever-amusing Dinosaur Comics

Now one can push the envelope of metasyntax in dozens of languages, thanks to the free Verbix Online Verb Conjugator.

As we parse away, we might recall that it was during a rain storm on this date in 1843 that, according to a U.S. Weather Bureau report, an alligator fell from the sky onto Anson Street in Charleston, S.C.

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