1887- The Fancy Comma Invented in Coma

fancy commaStan Bargmeyer

The Fancy Comma, a formal version of the popular punctuation mark, was invented by Coma publishing magnate, Howard Sherman Montgomery Sr. in 1887.

Reserved for special documents and books about fancy things, the fancy comma features a standard comma wearing a top hat.

Although rarely used today, the fancy comma can still be found in some wedding announcements, edicts and treaties.


The world’s largest comma weighs nearly 4,000 lbs. and is stored in a barn in Coma.


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