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The Oxford Comma: Decried, Defended and Debated (Infographic)

The Oxford Comma
“There are people who embrace the Oxford comma and those who don’t, and I’ll just say this: never get between these people when drink has been taken.”
– Lynne Truss, Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
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  1. Frank Green
    5 June 2013 / 12:29 am

    Why anyone would chance misunderstanding by leaving the comma out is beyond me. But, then again, much is beyond me.

  2. 27 August 2013 / 2:07 am

    Think of the paper and ink that is wasted by using an extra comma. That is why I type everything in 3 point arial.

    • F. Armstrong Green
      27 August 2013 / 11:46 am

      Typical journalist thinking. Think of the paper wasted because of all the empty white space due to lack of ragged right margins, lack of hyphenation, and URLs that won’t fit on a line.

      • 27 August 2013 / 1:34 pm

        It’s a tragedy.

  3. Mark Arnold
    28 August 2013 / 10:02 am

    # F A Green. Different stylebook for journalists. # michael vance. English is a living language. You should read the journals of Lewis and Clark.

    • F. Armstrong Green
      28 August 2013 / 10:21 am

      What? Most livingest language ever. Why read L&C? Much better to read Kristin Lavransdatter or Steve Berry.

  4. Eve Richardson
    28 August 2013 / 12:00 pm

    I know we’re supposed to be consistent, but I don’t understand why we can’t just use the comma when it’s needed and leave it out when it isn’t. Why does it have to be “always” or “never”?

    • 29 August 2013 / 10:45 am

      Because it’s always been that way.

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