A simple request, sent to dozens of celebs, bore fruit:
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dana perrino

If you don’t already see the problem, read on:

Yes, there’s a superfluous comma after the word “people.”

We hoped this would turn out to be a prank, but it appears to be real.


We get grammar-challenged email!

My name is Salvatore Pezzino Jr. and I am the owner of theeditorguys.com. Last night there was an article published on your website http://twitchy.com/2013/02/10/aspiring-editor-asks-celebs-to-retweet-his-punctuation-challenged-tweet/ referencing our website theeditorguys.com. As amusing as your article was in pointing out the “mistake” made within the tweet, it seems that the intended irony was not clearly received and was over looked by a lot of people, not just you guys. The intention of the tweet was for everyone to click on the link to our main page where they would see a short article post called “commas encourage breathing”. The “ironic comma” in the tweet and the post on the website, where supposed to illustrate how commas are either used too much or not enough. One example being ironic but obvious  and the other just blatantly obvious. The intention was to get people talking, the negative attention and misinterpretations are not exactly what we wanted. Still we succeeded in getting people talking.

That brings me to my request. We are a very young and very new business, the old phrase “any press is good press” might true but in our case even the smallest amount of bad press can be very bad. Now I can’t take away the comments and @replies on twitter but a website like yours with a very large readership, an article like the one you published can’t be very good for us publicity wise. I am not asking for an endorsement, but I do ask, please can you take down the article or explain to your readers what I just told you. I understand that you have absolutely no reason to believe me and I get that completely, but if you just take a look at what I am talking about you will see that it is the genuine truth. Also if you look at some of the @replies on twitter, some people understood what we where trying to do, not many, but some.


Like I said before you have absolutely no reason to believe me or listen to me for that matter. I am just trying to get our side of the story heard. I really hope you understand and I thank you so very much in advanced if you can help us by retracting that article.

Many Thanks,
Salvatore Pezzino Jr.
Co-Founder and Director of Marketing and Promotions
[Phone number redacted]

Other than the fact that we redacted the phone number, the above email is reproduced exactly as it was written.

“Where” we mistaken, readers? What do you think?

  • VerminMcCann

    Oh good. Meghan McCain is writing again.

    • Jim Russell

      Even Megan, wld know that comma was one too many.

      I do wish she wld learn how to spell Megan.

  • nc

    In 1988, Pico Iyer wrote an incredible essay for Time Magazine about The Humble Comma. I remember it because I cut it out and posted it in my office cubie for years. It was reprinted in 2001:

    In Praise of the Humble Comma. … By Pico Iyer Sunday, June 24, 2001 … Yet what is so often used, and so rarely recalled, as the comma — unless it be breath …

  • http://www.facebook.com/sp1989 Sal Pezzino

    If you follow the link, there is a post called “comma’s encourage breathing” its meant to be an ironic comma. It was supposed to be a joke about how commas are used too much or not enough.

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      Sal, I sometimes use too many commas in a sentence, but it’s only because I ignored them for so many years.

    • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

      I have to admit, I am, myself, very conscientious of my grammar. When I proofread my words before posting, one of the ‘rules’ that I employ is, “Is there a pause required here?” At least, that is what I’ve always associated with the comma.

      If I may suggest, your next lesson can be on the apostrophe. Most times, it denotes possession, and the other times, a contraction. “Commas encourage breathing.” (comma’s = Comma is? Or does comma have(possess) something not stated in the sentence, in which case ceases to be a sentence [subject+action]. “Comma’s [what] encourage breathing.”) “Comma’s”, in the example you typed, is changed to an adjective, describing the “missing” subject. Just sayin’.

      • VerminMcCann

        Well, since we’re beating up on poor Sal for his ironic writing, I guess I have to point out that he omitted the apostrophe from “it’s.” Sorry Sal, credibility is everything.

    • redheadgrl

      Dude, please hire someone who has a good grasp on grammar, punctuation, and spelling before you continue your services. I would be happy to edit your website for $200 per hour. Ongoing coaching for $350 per hour. Or you could purchase a Strunk & White guide for about $9 on Amazon. Good luck, buddy. http://www.himssconference.org/Exhibition/Content.aspx?ItemNumber=595&navItemNumber=700

    • Paladin

      That’s, very, interesting, to, hear. I’ve, never, seen, an, ironic, comma,, but, my, wife, once, told, me, I, drove, over, a, speed, bump, in, a, sarcastic, manner. Sorry, about, all, the, commas,, but, I’m, trying, to, catch, my, breath, after, a, bracing, run, and, need, to, remember, to, breathe.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marcy-Cook/1001619613 Marcy Cook

    Not only “where” you mistaken twitchy, but you made that mistake “in advanced” of our “respond.”

  • redheadgrl

    i think his career in teaching grammar and punctuation will be short-lived.

  • Infinite_Indeterminism

    Just so it is on record:

    Spillchuckers will be the dearth of the English language!