In last week’s post I did something I never thought I’d do. I used an Oxford Comma.
For anyone who is unfamiliar, let’s say you have a list of at least three items which you want to put in a sentence. I was always taught to do it like this:
A, B and C.
Last week I did this:
A, B, and C.
Considering the arguments for why the Oxford Comma may be better, I can’t really say why I did it. It seemed to flow better to me.
Comma, no comma, big deal, you say. Well, sometimes the Oxford Comma grants further clarity. This article shows why it can help, as well as a few hilarious disasters that the Oxford Comma could have prevented:
However, there are times when the Oxford Comma may hinder clarity, as shown in the examples of this excellent Mental Floss article:
And finally, because why not, here are some further funny examples. I’m not sure the author knows the difference between Oxford commas and commas in general, but it’s funny all the same:
will allow for extra permutations of a sentence that would be misunderstood (sometimes in ridiculous and amusing ways!) without it.