Comma Crazy, But…
Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t limited space for headlines the only reason newspapers use commas in place of and’? If so, a question: Web sites aren’t subject to the same space restrictions, so why do you persist in using them in your daily headlines? It really annoys me.
Andrew Womack responds
(Note my use of a colon rather than a comma in the salutation.)
In fact, our space in the headlines is more limited than you might think. We try to maximize the readability of the homepage headlines column by keeping the number of lines any single headline spans to a minimum. And we do that by aiming for an economy of characters in each headline. Thus, we sometimes use commas in place of andby doing so, we shave off three characters.