Part of speech: noun

A punctuation mark (,) denoting the slightest separation.

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Usage examples "comma":

  1. Woe to the typist who had the temerity to change even a comma in Mr. Saltus' work. - "Edgar Saltus: The Man", Marie Saltus.
  2. He was carrying my telegram that I ought to have sent long before and he was so starved he fell off his bicycle and always ever since I've wished I could help him some way and he'd have such a nice home here and he wouldn't bring in goats, and his mother could do things to help and I thought maybe he could do the shoes and other things would be easier than what he did and could be a golf- boy for the Bishop when the time comes and it's pretty near and-" " There, Dorothy, take your breath, and put a comma or two into your sentences. - "Dorothy at Oak Knowe", Evelyn Raymond.
  3. The Comma: The office of the Comma is to show the slightest separation which calls for punctuation at all. - "How to Speak and Write Correctly", Joseph Devlin.