Iran, North Korea, Syria and … commas. While Mike Pompeo is focused on a number of key geopolitical concerns, an email obtained by CNN suggests that the secretary of state also appears to have had it, up to, here, with, the rampant, improper use of commas by State Department staff.
In the last few months, two emails have gone out from Pompeo’s top staff to employees throughout the State Department giving careful, meticulous instructions on comma usage. The latest email, sent in early September and obtained by CNN, gives “updated guidance … regarding correct use of commas in paper for Department principals.”
“The Secretary has underscored the need for appropriate use of commas in his paper (both their inclusion and omission),” the email declares. It also notes that Pompeo prefers adherence to the Chicago Manual of Style, which states “effective use of the comma involves good judgment, with the goal being ease of reading.”
Offending State Department examples are at the link.