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I find it easier for both the writer and the reader, if one avoids using too many commas. Obviously, commas are an important part of comprehensive writing, but Oxies go a bit too far. I use "and" without a preceding comma for enhanced clarity. Might be an incorrect way, but who gives a fuck about such small details?

ZonkeyBallss avatar ZonkeyBalls Lions, Tigers and Bears! (Not oxford) +4Reply

I just try to remember the little rule that if you want the reader to pause for a breath, you need a punctuation mark.

StickCavemans avatar StickCaveman Lions, tigers, and Bears! (Oxford) +3Reply

There was a court case in the US recently, where it came down to the use of the Oxford comma. The plaintiff was awarded $5 million.

So I'd say it's a pretty important.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02...mma-maine.html

Walt_OReaguns avatar Walt_OReagun Lions, tigers, and Bears! (Oxford) +2Reply

Clarity trumps all convention.

Budwicks avatar Budwick Lions, Tigers and Bears! (Not oxford) +2Reply
@Budwick Clarity trumps all convention.

Excellent point, Bud.

And was the pun intended? biggrin smilie

@Thinkerbell Excellent point, Bud. And was the pun intended?

No, happy accident.
We're not all clever word smiths.

Budwicks avatar Budwick Lions, Tigers and Bears! (Not oxford) +2Reply
@Budwick No, happy accident. We're not all clever word smiths.

In stylistic points of contention,
That punctuate text comprehension,
'Tis well-known from Trump,
While out on the stump,
That clarity trumps all convention. biggrin smilie

@Thinkerbell In stylistic points of contention, That punctuate text comprehension, //'Tis well-known from...

It's amazes me every time
How manage to make stuff rhyme!
I don't know how you do it!
I've tried and I blew it.
And I do that all of the time~!

Budwicks avatar Budwick Lions, Tigers and Bears! (Not oxford) +1Reply
@Budwick It's amazes me every time How manage to make stuff rhyme! I don't know how you do it! I've tried and I blew it. And...

Though SOME here may claim it's a cheater,
And proggies may say it's a fetor,
This lim'rick pastime
Isn't JUST about rhyme;
It's also a question of meter. biggrin smilie

I don't think I use the Oxford option. I'm not sure. It doesn't make much sense though.
If you're finishing the sentence, I don't see the point of the comma. The "and" is making the division.

Sofias avatar Sofia Lions, Tigers and Bears! (Not oxford) +2Reply
@Sofia I don't think I use the Oxford option. I'm not sure. It doesn't make much sense though. If you're finishing the...

What about in the phrase “dedicated to my parents, the Queen and the Pope.”

Does this mean the Queen and the Pope are your parents? It could. An Oxford comma would help clarify that ;)

Tibbys avatar Tibby Lions, tigers, and Bears! (Oxford) +3Reply
Sofias avatar Sofia Lions, Tigers and Bears! (Not oxford) +2Reply

Yes, Oxford. It reduces the chances for ambiguity.

Tibbys avatar Tibby Lions, tigers, and Bears! (Oxford) +2Reply

The bottom one is actually correct.Really.Punctuation can go out the window when I am typing and after years of teaching kids punctuation i don't care...

ThePrinceofWaless avatar ThePrinceofWales Lions, tigers, and Bears! (Oxford) +1Reply

Guilty as charged. :)

Will_Janitors avatar Will_Janitor Lions, tigers, and Bears! (Oxford) +1Reply

It depends on the situation. I might use it for emphasis or to avoid the kind of ambiguity others have already pointed out.

Not often...

Only when I talk about Lions, Tigers, and Bears.

DandyDons avatar DandyDon Lions, tigers, and Bears! (Oxford) -1Reply
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