Friday, May 8, 2009

Photoshop Friday

This weeks episode focuses on a very serious issue, one that has to be taken very seriously. I've titled it:

"Hello, my name is Renee, and I'm a COMMAHOLIC."

It's true. I have an addiction to the comma. Now, it may look innocent, but I assure you, turn your back for one minute, and it takes hold.

Comma abuse is a problem that takes a hold of you, and you don't even realize it. Suddenly, commas just appear in place where they don't belong. You push the comma key like you push the space bar. Every time you pause in your thinking, you push the key! You can't stop! Before you know it, the commas have taken over!

So, it's back to school for me.

In fact, I am hosting an intervention for myself in the comments section. If you feel so inclined, please offer me one rule on the correct or incorrect usage of commas. Or if you'd rather, just tell me where I misused commas in this post. I'm sure there are at least a few instances.

You're vigilance and wisdom is much appreciated. And please, don't let Comma Abuse happen to you.


Kiersten said...

Here's the best comma rule I ever learned:

When in doubt, leave it out!

Except it would be a better rule if it didn't have a comma in it, wouldn't it?

Natalie said...

Lol, admitting your problem it the first step to healing. You can now move forward. We're here for you, Ren. We'll keep you on the wagon.

sraasch said...

You can do it, Renee. We're all here for you! Be strong!

Lady Glamis said...

One think you need to remember is that oftentimes a "misplaced" comma is not wrong or right. Sometimes it's just a matter of taste. That makes it even more frustrating, I know.

Renee Collins said...

Kiersten: Lol, yes. It does seem somewhat hypocritical.

Natalie-Where would I be without you guys? :)

Sara-Thanks. :)

Michelle-Exactly! That's one of the things that drives me crazy about grammar, the rules are so fluid.

Becca said...

Oh, Ren, you, are, so, you should write about......people who use......too many "dot, dot, dot's" me. j/k....not really.

Becca (:

ps - so good to see you guys this weekend!!

Kasie West said...

My name, is Kasie, and, I'm a Commaholic. Oh, I thought this was a CA meeting, not an intervention. Sorry, wrong comments section.

Terri Tiffany said...

LOL I tend to have a little addiction sometimes there too. I like Kiersten's rule--that works well!

Renee Collins said...

Kasie-I'll be hosting CA meetings every Thursday on my blog. ;)

Terri-Yeah, I think we Commaholics are many in numbers. :)

JaneyV said...

I'm just horrified that you left out an apostrophe in your opening sentence....

word verification: "neatio"

kinda appropriate for those who tidy up over long sentences with inappropriate comma use, don't you think?

Renee Collins said...

Janey-Ha! You're right! I did leave an apostrophe out. lol. See, I've got serious problems.

Anonymous said...

I, will, be good.

I will, be good.

I will be, good.

Just repeat this mantra everyday like the little boy in your post. Except he forgot to punctuate his.

Renee Collins said...

Candice-I pick option two. That's the right punctuation, right? Right???he he. :)

Anonymous said...

Renee, WRONG (said in a matronly voice while slapping a ruler against my hand). That was a trick question. Looks like another 100 lines on the chalkboard for you. Clearly your comma addiction is not under control.

P.S. Did I break any blogdom rules by repy to a reply in the comment thread? Am I still a cool blogger or did I just reveal my blog ineptitude?

Renee Collins said...

Candice-*hangs head in shame, then puts dunce cap back on*

Yes ma'am.

P.S. I'm not 100% sure of Blog World rules, but I think you are kosher.

P.P.S. And naturally, any twin of mine is cool. ;)

giddymomof6 said...

OMGosh!, I'm, a, huge, comma, freak, you, have, no, idea. I, mean, i, usually, hide, it, really, well, most, people, would, never, notice, just, by, looking, at, me, but, it's, a, very, sad, but, true, habit!

LOL! Ack! that's hard. LOL! Okay, so I've been told that I have a comma sprinkler, so beat that! LOL! Jenni

Tanisha said...

I use my own comma rule, which is use, them, whenever, wherever,,,