February 3, 2016
Comma Queen: The Strippers, J.F.K. and Stalin—or, the Importance of Serial Commas
The serial comma, also known as the Oxford comma, is the one before “and” in a series of three or more: Herman Melville wrote “Moby-Dick,” “Billy Budd,” and “Bartleby, the Scrivener.”
It is also the improbable subject of a passionate debate among scholars, journalists, and copy editors. Can’t we all just get along? - The New Yorker
Posted by gerardvanderleun at February 3, 2016 5:43 PM
I always use the Oxford comma myself.
I'm fed up with cereal commas among Kix, Wheaties, and Cheerios, especially when they're written or eaten without their trademarks.
I, thoroughly, enjoyed, finding, out, how, to, use, that, key, on, while, typing,.
I happen to have an infinite supply of commas, and therefore use them liberally. My heart goes out to the comma deprived, who have to fog up their writing by skimping on commas.
In an age where Johnny can't spell, Johnny can't read, Johnny can't write, Johnny can't use simple arithmetic and Johnny lives on government hand outs, I'm pretty certain that Johnny will not be concerned about the Oxford comma.
But that's just a guess.
When they get that one worked out they can get to work on the Harvard Apostrophe, and all it's many application's.
Back when my Uncle Letsgo the Bantam King Lozko was working to provide chickens for spy work he compiled a basic "Chicken Dictionary".
In his field notes, now de-classified, he mentioned a problem which weighed in against his efforts. The chickens could not vocalize a comma.
Uncle Letsgo came up with an effective solution: he trained the poultry to substitute double comma comma that would replace the elusive comma.
Henceforth the communications would use the Lozko Method.
This problem continues to this day comma comma with the various canines our military has chosen for DOE comma comma and Law Enforcement comma comma for finding bodies alive alive or dead.
Thank you. Finally, I understand one thing among the many miseries, mysteries, and mistakes of high school english class.
foodog: you are welcome.
I run a free advice service that lets you have the first one free.
The intermediate level services show you how to communicate with no vowels.
in the advanced level services you will learn to communicate without ever saying anything.