Heard this on MTP on MSNBC last night.
A panda bear walks into a bar and orders a sandwich. The waiter brings him the sandwich. The panda bear eats it, pulls out a pistol, kills the waiter, and gets up and starts to walk out.
The bartender yells for him to stop. The panda bear asks, “What do you want?” The bartender replies, “First you come in here, order food, kill my waiter, then try to go without paying for your food.”
The panda bear turns around and says, “Hey! I’m a Panda. Look it up!” The bartender goes into the back room and looks up panda bear in the encyclopedia, which read: “Panda: a bear-like marsupial originating in Asian regions. Known largely for it’s stark black and white coloring.
Eats, shoots and leaves.”
Be careful with those commas.
That anecdote is from a great book:
Here's another funny example (stolen from somewhere, but I can't remember where):
I'd like to thank my parents, Mother Theresa and Pope Francis.
The comment that I use to emphasize the use of commas is this one:
A woman without her man is nothing.
A woman, without her, man is nothing.
Terrific! But try to remember to proofread the title of the email! Sorry, but this IS going out to English faculty. “When a Comma Really Important?” Should be: When a Comma is Really Important.”
Prof. C. Barr
Assistant Prof. of English
Fort Lauderdale, FL
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