The comma is known as a piece of punctuation that helps break up sentences by inserting short pauses. Commas can also add more clarity to sentences by separating adjectives and parts of sentences. Many of us are quite grateful for the comma, but have you ever thought about the origins of it? Who started it? What language did English steal it from?
The Comma as a slash.
According to some, that answer would be Greek. Once upon a time, before the 3rd century BCE Greek sentences lookedsomethinglikethiswithnopunctuation. Lovely right? It was difficult to read and annunciate the correct words until a librarian named Aristophanes had had enough. He was frustrated about the difficulty of the documents he was supposed to read. So, he cleverly invented parts of the sentence called the comma, colon, and periodos. They aren’t the comma, colon, and period we know today, but they were just dots placed after a word at the top, middle, or bottom to add clarity, spaces, and ease when reading.