“Penmanship saves lives” – Grey’s Anatomy

“I pledge allegiance to the Flag…”    

Recognize this?

Of course you do. If you grew up in the United States you said everyday of your school age life. It’s ingrained in your brain, never to be forgotten.

And yet it’s often said, and written, incorrectly.

Which is correct?

A.

“I pledge allegiance to the Flag
     of the United States of America,
and to the Republic for which it stands:

     one Nation under God, indivisible,
With Liberty and Justice for all.”

B.

“I pledge allegiance to the Flag
     of the United States of America,
and to the Republic for which it stands:

     one Nation, under God, indivisible,
With Liberty and Justice for all.”

 

If you said A, you would be right. The extra common doesn’t exist. Somewhere along the line someone transposed the thing and got it wrong. Which years later has led to adults standing in a room unable to recite the pledge in unison because of one punctuation mark.

And now you’re thinking, “Seriously Jessica. You’re going to do a blog post on the comma in the pledge?”

Consider it a public service announcement.