The $2 Million Comma and the Four-Letter Word

4117260“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.”
Mark Twain

 

Choice 1: The POA Board acted on the requests from the neighbor, an ostrich breeder and other people.

Choice 2: The POA Board acted on the requests from the neighbor, an ostrich breeder, and several other people.

The question: was the Board hearing from two people that day, or three people?

The answer: the comma. Or lack thereof. That funny, tiny little mark changes things in everything you write. Read more