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To be a fan of the Oxford comma?

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MrMan Fri 01-Jul-11 22:05:25

Sentences just seem so wrong otherwise.

southeastastra Fri 01-Jul-11 22:05:51


CareyHunt Fri 01-Jul-11 22:06:54

I definitely give a fuck about it.

CubiksRube Fri 01-Jul-11 22:07:15

Heard this song?


JoleneJoleneJoleneJoleeene Fri 01-Jul-11 22:07:58


southeastastra Fri 01-Jul-11 22:08:18

actually, i really, got that wrong <shoot's self>

Olivesandfeta Fri 01-Jul-11 22:09:49

I dont think commas have a place in todays society in fact lets just get rid of all punctuation and make all sentences run like this in a really really long way because everything has autocorrect now and we dont need to put anything in ourselves because the computer will do it for us and that is all thanks

bigkidsmademe Fri 01-Jul-11 22:10:28

I always use it. My boss always gets rid of it in my work. It is a constant source of irritation

PaisleyLeaf Fri 01-Jul-11 22:11:17

So I've just google 'Oxford comma' to see what you're on about and now something makes a bit more sense to me.
I've been getting so cross with the commas before the 'ands' in some of DD's reading books from school (they keep coming up) - I really believed they'd messed up.
Well, now I know.

Omigawd Fri 01-Jul-11 22:12:08

It's not a Zombie Weekend, it's a .....

piratecat Fri 01-Jul-11 22:12:41

love that tune cubiks

Zwitterion Fri 01-Jul-11 22:13:48

I'm not a fan. It's unnecessary and clunky.

MoreBeta Fri 01-Jul-11 22:17:29

Nope not a fan and in fact I was taught at Primary school it is wrong about 40 years ago so I'm not adopting Americanisms now.

I do however like the semicolon very much as a way of seperating clauses in a bulleted list.

MrMan Fri 01-Jul-11 22:19:41

Unnecessary you say! OK, consider this non-Oxford example (shameless ripoff of wikipedia):

My favourite things for breakfast are pancakes, sausages and eggs and toast.

Now, am I a fan of sausages and eggs? Or eggs and toast?

Pussinflatboots Fri 01-Jul-11 22:24:27

Yabu. It's clunky. I am, however, a huge fan of ;

azazello Fri 01-Jul-11 22:34:47

YANBU. It is an elegant example of punctuation.

WillowFae Fri 01-Jul-11 22:35:39

YANBU. It makes everything so much clearer!

TheOldestCat Fri 01-Jul-11 22:37:43

You are definitely not being unreasonable. It aids clarity.

strandedbear Fri 01-Jul-11 22:38:21

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

PippiLongBottom Fri 01-Jul-11 22:39:49

<<feels the warmth of home>>

Alwaysworthchecking Fri 01-Jul-11 22:41:20

YANBU. I bloody love the Oxford comma. Mind you, I love all commas.

Al0uiseG Fri 01-Jul-11 22:46:47

I love a nice comma or two. Interestingly (yawn) we interviewed a builder on the strength of his use of a semi colon. As far as I'm concerned they've got the job.

AgentZigzag Fri 01-Jul-11 22:57:04

You sad twats <<half joking>>


PippiLongBottom Fri 01-Jul-11 22:59:49

Alouise, I would be seriously impressed with a builder that can punctuate. So impressed that I may have to run away with him.

usualsuspect Fri 01-Jul-11 23:00:46


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