commas

From one casual of mine he picked this sentence. ‘After dinner, the men moved into the living room.’ I explained to the professor that this was Ross’s way of giving the men time to push back their chairs and stand up. There must, as we know, be a comma after every move, made by men, on this earth.

James Thurber, memo to The New Yorker (1959);

Note: This is a variant of a similar quote Thurber used in The Years with Ross (1957). Harold Ross was the editor of The New Yorker at the time and well-known for his overuse of commas.

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