The Oxford comma

For teaching me that the Oxford comma resolves ambiguity, I’d like to thank my parents, Sinead O’Connor and the Pope. (Aaron Suggs — Twitter user, ktheory

On the Stuff website today, there’s a delightful little piece about “the Oxford comma”. If I say any more, I could be accused of publishing a spoiler.

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5 thoughts on “The Oxford comma

  1. For us of a certain generation and era (straddling Fowler and Strunk & White?) —
    there is no ambiguity. The Oxford comma is REQUIRED.
    You won’t find US being parented by Mom Sinead and Pop Pope!

    • Having written and edited for newspapers, magazine publishers, public sector organisations, and government departments, I am familiar with a range of house styles. The only real trouble I got into was when a policy group asked me to polish their policy-writing guidelines. (All policy writers and analysts are right in every detail … but it’s hard to find two who agree.)

      Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there. (Rumi)

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