Moments When Our Comma Queen Proved Her Power
New Yorker copy editor Mary Norris shares key grammar points in her video series, "Comma Queen."
- •When she gave us an official ruling on the use of em dashes
- •When she wore sunglasses because semicolons are the “hot new piece of punctuation”
- •When she offered us a simple rule for using “less” vs. “fewer,” which we’ll share here: use “fewer” for items that can be counted (on a list, for instance), and “less” for things that can’t
- •When she turned pencil-sharpening into an art form
- •When she finally taught us the difference between “who” and “whom”—and commanded us never to say “whom” in conversation, unless we were sure
- •When her episode about umlauts was titled “An episode of diaeresis” (credit goes to the editors on that, but still—we know Mary approved). No idea what we’re talking about? Pay a visit to the Comma Queen: http://nyr.kr/1X3pucv