comma ellipses

Asmus Freytag (c) via Unicode unicode at
Mon Oct 7 01:09:50 CDT 2019

Now you are introducing research - that kills all the fun . . . (oops , 
, , )

On 10/6/2019 10:39 PM, Tex wrote:
> Just for additional info on the subject:
> “…I’ve been spending a fair bit of time recently with the comma 
> ellipsis, which is three commas (,,,) instead of dot-dot-dot. I’ve 
> been looking at it for over a year and I’m still figuring out what’s 
> going on there. There seems to be something but possibly several 
> somethings.
> One use is by older people who, in some cases where they would use the 
> classic ellipsis, use commas instead. It’s not quite clear if that’s a 
> typo in some cases, but it seems to be more systematic than that. 
> Maybe they’re preferring the comma because it’s a little bit easier to 
> see if you’re on the older side, and your vision is not what it once 
> was. Or maybe they just see the two as equivalent. It then seems to 
> have jumped the shark into parody form. There’s a Facebook group in 
> which younger people pretend to be to be baby boomers, and one of the 
> features people use there is this comma ellipsis. And then in some 
> circles there also seems to be a use of comma ellipses that is very, 
> very heavily ironic. But what exactly the nature is of that heavy 
> irony is still something that I’m working on figuring out….”
> *From:*Unicode [mailto:unicode-bounces at] *On Behalf Of 
> *Asmus Freytag via Unicode
> *Sent:* Sunday, October 6, 2019 10:21 PM
> *To:* unicode at
> *Subject:* Re: comma ellipses
> On 10/6/2019 8:21 PM, Garth Wallace via Unicode wrote:
>     It’s deliberately incorrect for humorous effect. It gets used, but
>     making it “official” would almost defeat the purpose.
> Well then it should encode a "typographically incorrect" comma ellipsis :)
> A./
>     On Sun, Oct 6, 2019 at 5:02 PM Asmus Freytag via Unicode
>     <unicode at <mailto:unicode at>> wrote:
>         On 10/6/2019 4:05 PM, Tex via Unicode wrote:
>             Now that comma ellipses (,,,) are a thing (at least on
>             social media) do we need a character proposal?
>             Asking for a friend,,, J
>             tex
>         I thought the main reason we ended up with the period (dot)
>         one is because it was originally needed for CJK-style fixed
>         grid layout purposes. But It could be wrong.
>         What's the current status for 3-dot ellipsis. Does it get
>         used? Do we have autocorrect for it? If so, that would argue
>         that implementers have settled and any derivative usage
>         (comma) should be kept compatible.
>         A./

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