What’s it say that I’ve gotten into 2 fights over the Oxford comma…

This blog is fairly recent, but I ridiculously got into another argument about the Oxford comma. Hence, the reblog. If I’m ever arrested, it will be due to punctuation.


It’s a given that some things are up for debate.  Further vs farther.  Y’all vs you guys. Apartment vs flat.  But when it comes to punctuation, the biggy is the Oxford comma.  To use or not to use….that is the question.

On April 6th, I read a wonderful blog post by John Guillen on Write me a book, John! “Writing Pet Peeves #8: Commas.”  I LOVE commas.  In grad school, comma, I took a History of the English Language Linguistics Course. period.  The professor stressed that the average writer does not use enough commas. period.  Of course, I love commas when they are used correctly.  Reading John Guillen’s post reminded me of my shocking realization that some people use the Oxford comma.  I mean like use it regularly.  Like in real life.

It was a dark and stormy night, and I was looking at my newsfeed on Facebook. I noticed…

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8 Responses to What’s it say that I’ve gotten into 2 fights over the Oxford comma…

  1. I believe in Canada we were taught to use the Oxford comma. I know my uses it and that means I use it because she edits my writing. But, she did study at Oxford for a year while getting her PhD. I’ll ask her about this tomorrow. No one knows grammar better than my wife.

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  2. Barb Knowles says:

    Ewww. That sounds stupid, ridiculous and icky. Not stupid, ridiculous, and icky. Because that would be icky.


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