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(Business Insider)   Thirteen rules for using commas, without looking like an idiot   ( divider line
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2013-09-18 04:32:57 PM  
4 votes:
I'll bet Stephen Hawking can't stand, being crippled
2013-09-18 04:41:29 PM  
3 votes:
Thirteen rules for using commas without looking, like an idiot.

2013-09-18 05:31:23 PM  
2 votes:
Let's eat grandma.
Let's eat, grandma.
2013-09-18 05:18:27 PM  
2 votes:
Hooray for the Internet, Strippers and the Oxford Comma!
2013-09-18 05:10:40 PM  
2 votes:

Pretty funny.
2013-09-18 04:58:51 PM  
2 votes:
People who don't use the Harvard comma are doodyheads.
2013-09-18 07:38:09 PM  
1 vote:

Josu: FormlessOne: Came here for reiteration of the Oxford comma, left gleeful, joyous, and happy.

I'm a fan of the Oxford comma, but there are times when using it can introduce ambiguity:

"I went with my friend, James, and Marie."

If you mean that your friend and James are two different people, the ambiguity can be removed by leaving out the Oxford comma.  But really, just rephrase it :P

Unless James is your only friend, the proper way to punctuate it is "I went with my friend James and Marie."

"I went with my friend, James and Marie" signifies that your only have one friend, who is both James and Marie, which is exponentially more interesting but not ambiguous.

Now, if the sentence were "I went with my wife, Morgan Fairchild, and Elvis Costello," then it becomes ambiguous.
2013-09-18 07:13:41 PM  
1 vote:
RE the "oxford comma" - any "confusion" in that case would be better remedied by rewriting the sentence.

But that would require effort.
2013-09-18 06:49:33 PM  
1 vote:
Buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo, buffalo.

/complete sentence
2013-09-18 06:35:53 PM  
1 vote:

wambu: I'd rather have a comma than a semi-colon.

Semicolons can be very useful; I use semicolons all the time when they are appropriate.
2013-09-18 05:20:06 PM  
1 vote:
Anytime you would pause while speaking out loud, use a comma.
2013-09-18 05:03:44 PM  
1 vote:
Thirteen, rules, for using, commas, without, looking like, an idiot.

Fixed for William Shatner.
2013-09-18 05:00:42 PM  
1 vote:
I'd like to thank my parents, Ayn Rand and God.
2013-09-18 04:26:45 PM  
1 vote:
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