for want of a comma

That’s one hard-working goatee:

“It was Jim Lewis, a retired Navy officer with unkempt gray hair and a goatee who worked as Lacey’s assistant.”*

From the NYT

*

* Comma convention: sentence interruptors. Place a comma before and after parenthetical/nonessential/sentence-interrupting material. This seems an appropriate moment to mention that last Tuesday was National Punctuation Day. More on that presently.

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