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What did Tolkien apparently have against commas?

The form of the will is in "legalese", which, for reasons of tradition, abhors commas. It is more than likely that the terms of the will were discussed between Tolkien and the drafter and ...
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How to quote a word in quotes

You could use [sic] after the quote. XYZ merely says such constructions have an “irealis flavour” [sic]. Wikipedia says The Latin adverb sic (/sɪk/; thus, so, and in this manner) inserted after a ...
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What did Tolkien apparently have against commas?

You'll find this question and answer in Stack Exchange's English Language and Usage. Are commas considered superfluous in legal documents? This isn't about tradition, it's about avoiding ambiguity.
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How to quote a word in quotes

An unambiguous fashion to do that consists in using just a few words between a pair of parentheses, as did the following author (bold type added). (The Journal of Criminal Law, Criminology and Police ...
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How to parse and punctuate the saying: "United we stand, divided we fall."

Yes; one might well expect the punctuation to be United, we stand; divided, we fall. But usage trumps normal conventions, and the rendering is almost always United we stand, divided we fall. '...
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