The State of Commas

Down to the business of taking a breath
The state of commas is in decline, at least. Commas are becoming less frequently used, and more commonly misused. Their purpose is mainly to signal a pause, set apart adverbial clauses, distinguish components of a list, and piss proofreaders off. 
Too often, they are either sprinkled in wild abandon or absent in a breathless sentence. 
Be intentional with your commas. Pause, at times, for effect. 

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