I know that Oxford commas aren’t exactly something that lend themselves to snarkiness, sacasminess, or profaneyness or are even considered a big part of life and everything or even have much psychology behind them. But, I have a thing about the Oxford comma — the careful reader will note that I almost use an Oxford comma except for those times that I don’t! — so I’m pressing this article onto my blog. It’s my blog. I’ll publish what I want unless someone connected to what I’m linking to and publishing writes and asks me not to, which they have, and I have.
Oxford commas are indisputably correct. But do you know where they come from?
Thanks to a Maine trucking lawsuit, the Oxford comma is back in the news.
The controversy? As the New York Times explains, a recent overtime lawsuit hinged on the interpretation of a state law — and whether it should be read as if it had an Oxford comma or not. Of course, including a comma would have made that clear from the beginning.
Continue reading on Vox.com: Oxford commas are right. Here’s who invented them. – Vox