comma fault

comma fault

n.
Improper use of a comma to join two independent clauses. Also called comma splice.

com′ma fault`


n.
the misuse of a comma, rather than a semicolon, colon, or period, to separate related main clauses not joined by a conjunction.
[1930–35]
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Also called the comma fault or comma splice, the phrase is defined in the 4TH edition of The American Heritage Dictionary as "n.
A short, well-written "Grammar glossary" in the back of the Manual assists the reader who may not remember the definitions of terms such as appositive, comma fault, or transitive verb.
On the surface, what reader Fox opines is legit: The comma splice, or comma fault, rule warns, "Do not connect two main clauses with only a comma.