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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2014 12:08 am 
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Oxford commas? Ooh don't get me started. But seriously I refuse to get started on the subject. All I'll say is that I'm not a fan.

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So you decided to jabber on about commas while not addressing the real question. ;)

What is the overall purpose of punctuation?

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Oxford commas? Ooh don't get me started. But seriously I refuse to get started on the subject. All I'll say is that I'm not a fan.


Here are two sentences:

There are three horses running tonight whose names are Fire and Water, Thunder and Lightning, and Fire and Ice.

There are three horses running tonight whose names are Fire and Water, Thunder and Lightning and Fire and Ice.

In the second sentence, there are only two horses running and the second one has an absurdly stupid name with too many "and"s. O-Comma wins.

****, that was three sentences (plus a fragment). Epic fail (because I hate fragments and because "Epic fail" is my second fragment which nullifies my earlier assessment of a single fragment and I just want to quit typing but I can't).

Yeah. There were more than two sentences.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2014 12:22 am 
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Oxford Commas always win in the end. They are like cats that way.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2014 1:44 am 
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What parts of the site should I visit?


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2014 9:07 am 
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Oxford commas? Ooh don't get me started. But seriously I refuse to get started on the subject. All I'll say is that I'm not a fan.


Here are two sentences:

There are three horses running tonight whose names are Fire and Water, Thunder and Lightning, and Fire and Ice.

There are three horses running tonight whose names are Fire and Water, Thunder and Lightning and Fire and Ice.

In the second sentence, there are only two horses running and the second one has an absurdly stupid name with too many "and"s. O-Comma wins.

****, that was three sentences (plus a fragment). Epic fail (because I hate fragments and because "Epic fail" is my second fragment which nullifies my earlier assessment of a single fragment and I just want to quit typing but I can't).

Yeah. There were more than two sentences.


I would say punctuation creates order, much in the way rhythm does in music. There's meaning to it as well, like m-dashes usually mean interruption or asides or you're reading Emily Dickinson.

Your example doesn't quite work as you say it does, because it implies there are three horses without the O-comma because we're still dealing with proper nouns. The potential names would be:

Fire and Water
Thunder
Lightning and Fire and Ice
Thunder and Lightning
Fire and Ice
Thunder and Lightning and Fire
Ice

However proper nouns are really never so formulaic and almost never have 'and' in them, which is the real culprit here, because it's used in the list and within the proper nouns. And anyway because less is more, the best way to write that would probably be:

There are three horses running tonight: Fire and Water, Thunder and Lightning, Fire and Ice.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2014 9:11 am 
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What parts of the site should I visit?


If you're a magic player you should keep an eye on the Spoiler Room and Magic General. If you go to tournaments the Constructed Forum and Limited Forum are there for deckbuilding assistance. It's not as noisy as some other boards, and there are some good players here.

The play-by-post forum is nice if you want to kill time in small increments. We have a lot of savvy gamers here, and there is an especially nefarious and interesting mafia group here.

This off topic room is alright too. Really, you should poke around and find what it is you like about the space, and then make it your own.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2014 1:39 pm 
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hey, i'm starting a new book today.

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which one? also when are we supposed to hang out? i could always cube online too.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2014 3:30 pm 
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i'm in town until sunday. not sure if i can make it to the city easily though.

john and i play cards a lot late at night if you want to hang out with.

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I'm out of town until Sunday, so looks like we whiff again. What's late for you guys? 2?

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Why haven't you posted in the christmas plans thread yet?

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What is the deal with keys and the dead?


I have no idea what you're talking about I'm afraid. Probably something to do with doors that should remain shut like coffins and the dead's phobia of being turned into skeleton keys.

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How do I get my advice thread to 5 pages?

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Lower the amount of posts per page that you display.

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What is the deal with keys and the dead?


I have no idea what you're talking about I'm afraid. Probably something to do with doors that should remain shut like coffins and the dead's phobia of being turned into skeleton keys.

The front cover of the book "The Archived" has a massive key on the front as one of the primary imageries. The book for Geist: the Sin-Eaters is basically covered in keys, and is the defining icon for the splatbook. They both deal with individuals laying the dead to rest, although with some differences.

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How do I get my advice thread to 5 pages?


Be wise.

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Lower the amount of posts per page that you display.


This is not a question, but I'll quote it to expand my page count. Look at that wisdom at work!

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