Today, you are a member of… Hang on a Sec

Way back in the 3rd century a guy named Aristophanes of Byzantium thought it would be a good idea to come up with a way to indicate to public speakers how long or how short a passage is so they wouldn’t run out of wind before the appropriate time. The mid-level media distinctio dot did the trick – no more accidental odd tempos, ambiguous clause proximity, or bunched up lists. But even better, A of B gave members everywhere pause, through which only the best of comedy timings can occur. So this week, if things feel funny, it’s because you got your commas in the right place, so best take in the scenery for a second and then carry on.

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