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?
I just try to remember the little rule that if you want the reader to pause for a breath, you need a punctuation mark.
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.
Clarity trumps all convention.
Excellent point, Bud.
And was the pun intended?
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.
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~!
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.
NO regrets - You are the Queen of phonology - A master of 'limer-ology"
Thank you, Bud.
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.
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 ;)
No. Context matters. Someone could misunderstand, true.
Yes, Oxford. It reduces the chances for ambiguity.
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...
Guilty as charged. :)
It depends on the situation. I might use it for emphasis or to avoid the kind of ambiguity others have already pointed out.
Only when I talk about Lions, Tigers, and Bears.