March 02, 2012

Instant Comma Gonna Get You

Say what you will about Peter Gleick, but a guy who scrupulously uses the Oxford Comma can't be all bad. I will be extremely surprised if it turns out that he is not the guy who forged the Heartland "strategy memo," but this is weak tea.

That said, I imagine Dr. Gleick and his parents, God and Ayn Rand, must be miffed, chagrined, and vexed that his ill-conceived little caper seems to have been just about the best thing ever to happen to the heretofore obscure Heartland Institute. It, the Institute I mean, certainly seems to be having fun with it, at any rate.

Posted by Dr. Frank at March 2, 2012 05:49 PM | TrackBack

As a staunch supporter of the Oxford comma (much to the chagrin of some past editors), I think I'm going to throw my hat in the ring with Gleick. I'll blindly support him to the bitter end. His alleged transgressions are certainly falsities conjured by the opposition!

Posted by: ben at March 3, 2012 12:39 AM

Well, by itself it wouldn't be worth much, but along with every other piece of circumstantial evidence, I would raise p from .98 to .99.

Posted by: Josh at March 3, 2012 06:11 PM

I worship at the altar of Strunk and White.

Posted by: Bill at March 4, 2012 09:13 PM