Never Start Any Topic about Comma with a Bunch of Language Enthusiasts

  • Indonesian writers are very comma happy.

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    • Ari Poespodihardjo likes this.
      • Sadanand Dhume How do they do with apostrophes? India’s a disaster zone.

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      • Devi Asmarani We don’t really use it in our language. But the excessive use of comma is pretty irritating. It’s like they write the way people talk, which would be a healthy rule of thumb in many languages, unless you take into account that some people here talk with too many unnecessary pauses and never think of ending a sentence to begin a new one (too many commas, not enough periods). Oh look, I’m doing it myself :).

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      • Akhlis Purnomo Perhaps because we think the longer the sentences are and the more complex the ideas get, the more we look erudite to our readers…just saying 🙂

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      • Priya Tuli And paragraphs, let’s not even go there… great big chunks of text seem to be the current trend, despite the fact that we know it’s all about 3-sec bytes of info now. Were writers always so verbose? Or has my attention span just shrunk drastically?

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      • Akhlis Purnomo complex sentences are cool! aspirin anyone?

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      • Devi Asmarani Akhlis: Yeah, definitely. the longer the sentence the more intellectual you are. Doesn’t matter if what you say makes you sound like a douche bag.

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      • Devi Asmarani Priya: Writers used to be even more verbose (don’t even get me started on Tolstoy or some Indonesian pujangga), but at least they did it correctly and with great style.

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      • Akhlis Purnomo i prefer Ernest Hemingway though. talk about simplicity vs simpli-shitty…

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      • Tom McCawley That may be, but don’t forget some incredibly warped mind dreamed up a journo drama called, “Dunia Tanpa Comma’

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      • Tom McCawley Can u imagine anything worse ?

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      • Priya Tuli Hahaha you guys… am loving this thread! BTW my comment was equally directed at Indian writers, seeing as that’s where I’m from…

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      • Akhlis Purnomo Priya loves all the comments so much s/he can’t help clicking those LIKE buttons…oh my my…hhaha

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      • Tom McCawley ‎@ Priya, yeah, ok, let’s not go there. 😛 It was indeed an Indian who have an 8-hour speech at the UN. I don’t know if there were commas, I can only hope.

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      • Akhlis Purnomo ‎8 hours straight? I beg for my mama…

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      • Priya Tuli Akhlis: I have an itchy trigger finger and it’s safer to click ‘like’ than go out and shoot someone 🙂 BTW where do you live?!
        McCawley, I’m anticipating comma-induced nightmares tonight, so I suggest we switch to semi-colons; half-a-colon is better than none? And btw, we Indians can talk the hind legs off a donkey, I think the phrase might have been coined in our honour, so do be warned. (3-comma sentence :-P)

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      • Tom McCawley ‎@ Akhlis, no Indonesian mama would put up with an 8-hour speech.

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      • Akhlis Purnomo Priya, I live in Jakarta, just a hundred meters away from Devi’s crib.

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      • Akhlis Purnomo Tom, yes…even the toughest Indonesian mama would cry for her mama with that kind of verbal torment.

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      • Akhlis Purnomo this thread is epic…

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      • Priya Tuli

        Oh dear. You should never have told me where you live, Akhlis. I have a gun. Could anyone tell by looking at this thread, you think, that we’re a bunch of half-crazed writers, bug-eyed from staring too long at our screens doing meaningless …See More
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      • Priya Tuli Where’s Devi. She started this. Now she’s vaporized.

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      • Tom McCawley ‎@ Priya, you might need a high (semi) colonic, a cleansing practice in India long before it caught on in California. Go for a full colon if you want, but Devi, a yoga teacher’s better placed to advise.

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      • Akhlis Purnomo Devi’s gone….so must I *cast a blank stare at piles of unfinished translation gigs*

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      • Priya Tuli Tom, are you saying I’m full of sh*t? If affirmative, I shall have to park something unsavoury on your wall, directly related to the procedure you mention above 🙂

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      • Akhlis Purnomo and hereby the debate shifts from comma to colon…. from punctuation to digestion….

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      • Devi Asmarani

        I’m here! Loving this thread too, despite the direction it’s taken. Had already retired to my bed (to read a book on digestion system too!) after a whole day spent deleting commas, inserting periods and sending numerous wordy paragraphs to …See More
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      • Priya Tuli Scatalogical. Strange how it always ends up there. Ah yes, basti! I’d forgotten what it’s called. Not in the market for it, but curious to find out more; websurf 2mrw. Tks Devi, for reminding me!

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      • Robert Go I’m glad you didn’t mean comatose.

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