Yes, you read that title right, I said comma. I have a small love affair with the comma. It started back in college (the first time around) and it has just grown since then. I began using commas for everything. Every time I felt there should be a pause when you read my writing – insert comma. Back then I felt it was a sign of my intelligence and a growth in my writing skills that I used the comma so much, and now it has grown into a bit of a hindrance as I have to constantly double check my writing for the overuse and improper use of commas.
The comma ( , ) is a punctuation mark that appears in several variants in various languages. It has the same shape as an apostrophe or single closing quotation mark in many typefaces, but it differs from them in being placed on the baseline of the text. Some typefaces render it as a small line, slightly curved or straight but inclined from the vertical, or with the appearance of a small, filled-in number nine.The comma is used in many contexts and languages, mainly for separating parts of a sentence such as clauses, and items in lists, particularly when there are three or more items listed. The word comma comes from the Greekκόμμα (kómma), which originally meant a cut-off piece; specifically, in grammar, a short clause.
(The above quote comes from Wikipedia and if you click on it, it will take you to the Wiki page for the comma. There is a lot more information on Wiki- that will help you with your comma usage, if you need it as I have.)
5 = The number of times I’ve used a comma so far in my post.