Remember a while back when I posted about the story about Kerouac and Burroughs getting into a duel over the Oxford comma—or more so my reaction to that story?
Well, I just came across two recent articles fighting for this little bit of punctuation.
For up this Buzzfeed article that argues—quite humorously and convincingly—about the necessity of the Oxford comma.
Second, this Tin House article provides historical context to the Oxford Style Guide.
Yes, I’m a firm believer in the Oxford comma—or as it was called when I did my editing certification at NYU, the series comma. The Beats may be all about “open punctuation,” meaning very little punctuation, but I’m old school. I like a heavy dose of commas.
How do you feel about the Oxford or series comma? Am I a total nerd for even thinking about this??