Today marks 227 years since the ratification of the Bill of Rights — e.g. the first amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The rest is, as the saying goes, history — our history.
And it just so happens to be a spectacular example of the value of knowing your history, because after two and a quarter centuries (and some change), we’re still debating what it all means.
The Bill of Rights officially introduced things like the freedom of the press, freedom of speech, and the right to petition to name a few.
Of course, there are any number of lenses through which to interpret this list of core, inalienable rights — historical, legal, grammatical.
Some of the most analyzed commas ever written reside in these first ten amendments. And there are few greater arguments for the importance of well-regulated comma usage than the Bill of Rights.
Of course, not all of our commas will lead to centuries of debates, but that doesn’t mean we should give them any less love. You never know when your next comma could change the course of history. No pressure.