Hold up on that blue haired buffet, we need a quick powwow with the shoot eating panda:
𝐀 𝐰𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐧, 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐦𝐚𝐧, 𝐢𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠.
𝐀 𝐰𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐧, 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐡𝐞𝐫, 𝐦𝐚𝐧 𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐬 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐬, 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐩𝐨𝐤𝐞𝐫 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐟𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐬, 𝐤𝐢𝐜𝐤𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐬 𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐇𝐚𝐫𝐥𝐞𝐲 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐝𝐞𝐧, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐨𝐢𝐥𝐞𝐭 𝐬𝐞𝐚𝐭 𝐮𝐩.
See what a difference a little comma makes?
But government warehouses long ago gave-up on teaching competent English (actual Math and honest History…) and instead graduate looters and statue-topplers with good vibes about their ignorance. A mediocre but fully funded future awaits them in some acronym’d bureaucracy, possibly the highway dept:Some ancient texts were also a little light on punctuation (and vowels), giving those quill and scroll scribes and your thumbsy teenage daughter something more in common than just funky footwear:
𝐆𝐨𝐝 𝐚𝐦 𝐈 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐞. 𝐏𝐬𝐚𝐥𝐦 𝟒𝟔:𝟏𝟎
Biblical Hebrew was also written backward, and who knows what they would have done with a comma had they had one.
Just the same, the comma is there (or should be) – it exists! put there by prescient English translators to clarify the murky manuscript, and found in most common and widely held Biblical versions:
ESV and, of course…
Yo, like relax dude, I am the 𝐈 𝐀𝐌.
The Brooklyn-Queens Expressway
And it matters. Black punctuation matters. Because conjunctions and punctuation are not interchangeable, but they are as equally essential as they are distinct.
So, what’s the difference between a comma and grandma’s cat? Well…
A comma is a pause at the end of a clause
And grandma’s cat eats, sleeps, and poops whenever he wants
…kinda like conjunctions, but unlike commas, which are the steak and eggs of clear thought and concise meaning.
Because 𝐏𝐬𝐚𝐥𝐦 𝟒𝟔:𝟏𝟎 is not: 𝐁𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐈 𝐚𝐦 𝐆𝐨𝐝.
But rather: 𝐁𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐥𝐥,
Comma: Pause. Wait here. Take a moment to reflect before moving on.
Your first reaction is probably more an over-reaction than a course of action. So, before you dial up those gossipy ladies of the back pew prayer chain, just stop. And in the solace of bended knee, think on this:
I knew what the problem was and knew what the answer was before you even knew there was a problem. So..?
Take out the earbuds and…
…𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐈 𝐀𝐌 𝐆𝐨𝐝.
Now let’s eat, grandma.
There’s a baggage check at the altar. Come as you are. Don’t leave the way you came.
This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice
and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24