Oxford comma

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  1. Carb Diva profile image95
    Carb Divaposted 13 months ago

    You will pry the Oxford comma from my cold, dead fingers.

    1. Jodah profile image92
      Jodahposted 13 months agoin reply to this

      I like the Oxford comma in most instances. smile

    2. tsmog profile image80
      tsmogposted 13 months agoin reply to this

      “There are people who embrace the Oxford comma, and people who don’t, and I’ll just say this: never get between these people when drink has been taken.”

      So says Lynne Truss, author of the hugely successful punctuation bible “Eats Shoots & Leaves”, in reference to the surprising strength of opinion surrounding the use of the Oxford comma.

      I was taught the Oxford comma in a class at a community college back about when I can't remember. I use it most of the time while now and then don't. So, I guess I am betwixt and between or perhaps agnostic in sense.

    3. bravewarrior profile image88
      bravewarriorposted 13 months agoin reply to this

      I use it, too, Linda.

    4. chef-de-jour profile image95
      chef-de-jourposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      I used to think the Oxford comma might be an actual butterfly, moth or lacewing. Thankfully I discovered it was nothing more than a common comma, found routinely in everyday sentences in any decent grammar book. But now I've come across the Cambridge comma, which is even more confusing, baffling, and, potentially, controversial.

      Please, don't ask me about the Oxbridge comma.....

    5. Kenna McHugh profile image88
      Kenna McHughposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      Oxford comma or serial comma is a famous writing habit that's hard to break, which my editors have tried often. Eventually, they were successful. I no longer use these commas habitually, but I use them to make the sentence clearer.

    6. SerenityHalo profile image96
      SerenityHaloposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      Vampire Weekend has a nice little ditty about this comma.


      Personally, I love the Oxford comma. Certain things get rather sticky and strange without it.

  2. Misbah786 profile image85
    Misbah786posted 13 months ago

    Are you a fan of the Oxford comma?  hmm yikes big_smile

  3. AliciaC profile image97
    AliciaCposted 13 months ago

    For a large part of my life, I never used the Oxford comma. I was never taught to include it in my work while I was in school. Now that I've learned about the Oxford comma and use it on HubPages, I love it and don't want to drop it.

  4. Rupert Taylor profile image95
    Rupert Taylorposted 13 months ago

    Yea verily. Miss Ennals drilled the Oxford comma into me when I was eight and I will never abandon it.

  5. Peggy W profile image97
    Peggy Wposted 13 months ago

    Grammarly appears to like the Oxford comma.  I use it often.

  6. Miebakagh57 profile image77
    Miebakagh57posted 13 months ago

    I got around it right here in the forums. I never meet the Oxford comma, even in my university days.
    What it? Well, I try digging Wikipedia today, ...but I withdraw because, Wiki, has not made any useful point.
    I dig other websites, yes, it's a good idea. Actually, the Oxford grammar makes sense.

    1. bravewarrior profile image88
      bravewarriorposted 13 months agoin reply to this

      Miebakagh, Wikipedia is not a reliable source. It's written by independent authors like you and me.

  7. Pamela99 profile image90
    Pamela99posted 13 months ago

    I use the Oxford comma sometimes, but I was taught not to use it when I was in school. I do think the Oxford comma stops confusion in some sentences.

  8. Miebakagh57 profile image77
    Miebakagh57posted 11 months ago

    While I though it was primarily an American usuage. Because I was brought up with the British English.                                                But why Oxford, Cambridge, serial comma? That would also invite London comma?

    1. AliciaC profile image97
      AliciaCposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      I’ve read that it’s thought to have been first used in the Oxford University Press.

      1. Miebakagh57 profile image77
        Miebakagh57posted 11 months agoin reply to this

        Linda, thank you, for the information.

        1. AliciaC profile image97
          AliciaCposted 11 months agoin reply to this

          You’re welcome, Miebakagh.

  9. Sherry Hewins profile image92
    Sherry Hewinsposted 11 months ago

    I was taught not to use it when I went to elementary school in the US in the 1960s. I am trying to adopt the habit since it seems to be preferred by the editors here on HP.

    1. Kenna McHugh profile image88
      Kenna McHughposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      I have clients who say using it has a negative effect on Google organic searches.

  10. Miebakagh57 profile image77
    Miebakagh57posted 11 months ago

    3 things that I've noted well about the Oxford comma.                                        One, it was an ordinary comma that tally well within the American English usage than the British English, or I would have had learnt that 50 years ago in my English class. I went to school found by the British.                                    Second, when I began to dig deep along the line, I stumble on the fact that before a conjuction, a comma (now called the Oxford comma) seperate each items and make the last item a reality.                                   Thirdly, the court has ruled in that favour. And the Oxford University Press, made it it's trade mark and brand.


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