the comma queen

The Comma Queen

Have you heard of Mary Norris? Her weekly videos for the New Yorker in her "Comma Queen" series will make your day, if you are a language junky. She is currently on the second season of the program and tackles issues like who/whom for dummies to the importance of serial commas. Norris began working at The New Yorker in 1978, and has been a query proofreader at the magazine since 1993. The woman knows her stuff, I think I learn something new every (3 minute) episode. A few favorites are listed below.

The Comma Queen "The Illustrious Ampersand"

The Comma Queen "Possessed"

The Comma Queen "I" versus "Me"

You can see all episodes here.