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(Mental Floss)   A look at the secret war being waged across the globe, one whose outcome will have a lasting effect on all our lives: the Oxford Comma War   (mentalfloss.com) divider line 18
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2013-10-31 10:48:00 AM
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The people who don't use Oxford commas are idiots, ignoramuses and aesthetes.

The people who don't use Oxford commas are idiots, ignoramuses, and aesthetes.

Those are two very different sentences.
2013-10-31 10:47:03 AM
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It's not the punctuation that confuses the issue, it's those pesky words in between. Really good writing consists of nothing but punctuation.
2013-10-31 10:37:05 AM
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ZeroPly: Why pick one? Use whatever style you want. These contrived examples of ambiguity are ridiculous. If your sentence is ambiguous, REWRITE THE MOTHERF*CKERrewrite the motherf*cker. English is a natural language,. iIf you can't deal with it then start writing in Lojban. Grammarianssts need to stop pretending they are programmers.

2013-10-31 10:30:21 AM
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subby, the HEADLINE is the stage upon which you are to work your clever magic.

I am utterly disappointed, discouraged and leaving.
2013-10-31 10:27:41 AM
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Oxford comma forever, ever, and ever.
2013-10-31 10:15:10 AM
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Marcus Aurelius: You know, I came in here to post a few little known facts about the Oxford comma, but it appears I have been beaten to the punch by Pocket Ninja,  Pocket Ninja, and Pocket Ninja.


What you did there, I see it.
2013-10-31 10:10:25 AM
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You know, I came in here to post a few little known facts about the Oxford comma, but it appears I have been beaten to the punch by Pocket Ninja,  Pocket Ninja, and Pocket Ninja.
2013-10-31 09:50:15 AM
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I would like to thank Pocket Ninja for shedding the hard light of facts on to this debate.
2013-10-31 09:32:35 AM
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Peki: fake one

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Doesn't mean I can grammar though, especially recently. . .

/I seriously need to put my degree away. It's embarrassing.
2013-10-31 09:16:44 AM
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Pocket Ninja: Fact: Commas are designed to provide readers with spaces to breathe while reading. Reading-related asphyxiation deaths increase by approximately 17 percent when Oxford commas are not employed.


Hey now, you got a little close to reality there. . .
2013-10-31 09:14:13 AM
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Fact: Commas are designed to provide readers with spaces to breathe while reading. Reading-related asphyxiation deaths increase by approximately 17 percent when Oxford commas are not employed.
2013-10-31 09:10:34 AM
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Fact: Edward J. Snodgrass, former editor of the Snodgrass Review, once accidentally typed two Oxford commas right beside each other. He has not been seen since
2013-10-31 09:08:07 AM
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Fact: Commas are essentially tiny phalluses, and the Oxford comma increases the chances of a sentence seducing your potential love interest by approximately 32 percent.
2013-10-31 09:07:08 AM
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Fact: The extra ink used to type Oxford commas is a critical element in maintaining an appropriate worldwide ink supply. A sudden imbalance could lead to wild price fluctuations, economic collapse, and war.
2013-10-31 09:06:34 AM
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SurfaceTension: It's a convention. There's no right or wrong answer. Just pick one and go with it.


There is.  The problem is with the purists that insist on sticking to one convention. Its use or non-use should be situational based on the context the writer wishes to convey.

I think my uncle, Jack, has something to say about it.
2013-10-31 09:04:56 AM
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This business will get out of control and we'll be lucky to live through it.
2013-10-31 09:04:52 AM
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Fact: Properly used Oxford commas have saved the Earth from alien invasion in at least three documented instances.
2013-10-31 09:01:24 AM
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Fact: One of the only distinguishable characteristics of the Anti-Christ will be his absolute refusal to use an Oxford comma.
 
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