For all the grammar geeks, punctuation police and copyediting constitutionalists, this one is for you. The Scholarly Kitchen brought us this humorous item in their article, “A Copyediting Carol.”

We all know that a comma can make a significant difference in the meaning and understanding of a sentence. Or in this case, a song.

Sometimes it is as simple as the distinction between “you’re” and “your”, and while it might not look like much to some, but confusing the two can deeply annoy those of us who value good grammar.

As the holidays approach, traditional and favorite hymns can grind on our ears like nails on a chalkboard due to the inappropriate prose.

Check out this informational, and still humorous, video about the appropriate placement of commas in the traditional English Christmas carol, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”.

Grammar and punctuation are very important. However, at the end of the day, content needs to be findable and, that happens with a strong, standards-based taxonomy. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ANSI/ISO/W3C-compliant taxonomies and associated rule bases for machine-assisted indexing.

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