A slogan for a hamburger bar I saw was "Hamburgers first, the rest second" meaning that they (hamburgers) are considered above all else. Is this a comma splice and should there be second comma "Hamburgers first, the rest, second"?


It is not a comma splice because neither "Hamburgers first" nor "the rest second" is an independent clause with subject and verb. Particularly, "the rest second" makes no sense on its own.

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  • The entire thing is also not a strictly grammatical sentence. (Unless you consider it an elliptical form of the imperative Eat hamburgers first, the rest second.) But, as a slogan, that doesn't matter. – Jason Bassford Apr 26 '19 at 9:15

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