Marry Norris didn’t crown herself as the Comma Queen; she was given her title after being an editor for The New Yorker for over 30 years. OK, actually it was a term that was given to her while she was writing her memoir, Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen.
But it’s a title that she’s definitely earned. She has a way of talking about grammar and punctuation that’s as endearing as it is hilariously insightful.
One thing she feels strongly about are serial commas, you know, the commas that come between items in a list of three or more… when you list this, this, and that…
In this video, she explains the usage and history of the serial comma, using our favorite poem by Robert Frost as an example.