I know this is completely irrelevant and probably too blog-insidery and most of you couldn’t care less, but I’d like to take a moment to lightly poke fun at former Deadspin proprietor Will Leitch’s baffling writing style of overusing both commas and colons. Has anyone else noticed this? [Readers look around at each other in confusion and collectively shrug.]
For example, there has to be only one person in the world who would write a sentence like this:
Sure, I guess nothing is at stake, but, jeez, it’s baseball: There’s rarely anything at stake until September.
And this is coming from one of the web’s superstar writers! Also, this gem:
I don’t think I’ve missed an All-Star Game in years: I even stayed up for the weird tie game.
Can someone explain why on earth he chose to use colons in either of those two above sentences? I am plumb befuddled. A few more examples:
Everything’s all fuzzy now, and though I’d argue that it was pretty much always like this, certainly, public perception has morphed somewhat.
It’s one thing to lose to Jay Leno: People are morons, you know, so at least you fought the good fight, Dave, even if you lost to the morons.
That last sentence almost made my head explode. Will: your overuse, of commas, make you sound, like that kid, from that show: Malcolm, in the Middle.
Also, these examples are from just one column. There are thousands of other confounding and rather hilarious examples if you want to dig through the archives.
Like I said, not that relevant or interesting. Sorry.
(I should probably point out that Leitch is otherwise a great writer and has been very friendly the few times we’ve emailed and I’m jealous of his success, etc. Which is all 100% true. But still. Couldn’t resist.)