In Defense of the Oxford Comma

I replied to a comment Lauren left the other day about my long-standing defense of the Oxford Comma, but I thought it bore repeating in its own post. This is the definitive response to anyone who denies the utility of the Oxford Comma, or who might be unfamiliar with its usage and needs convincing:


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18 thoughts on “In Defense of the Oxford Comma

  1. haha. i actually have a grammar post in the works based on some reading i have been doing. i am a sometimes oxford comma user. it’s not a hard rule so i don’t do it a lot. in fact in school i definitely learned not to use the oxford comma. that is literally one of the only grammar lesson i can remember from school. probably because i would see it being used all the time and it was all so confusing.

    1. Oh, it’s a hard rule depending on who you talk to (ahem ;) but I hear you. Have you read “Eats, Shoots & Leaves” by Lynn Truss? That’s a must-read, especially if you’re a punctuation or grammar stickler. xo

  2. I am such a proponent for the oxford comma, no matter what my journalism-major friend says! This depicts precisely why.

    1. Yelle, I WAS a Journalism major! It’s possible to be both (though I honestly cannot remember what their stance on it was in class. I had my position already). xo

    1. Atta girl!! Think of all the funny things you may have said by accident had you not used it! JFK as a stripper, for example ;) xo

  3. This is so funny. I might be guilty of not using it all the time but I always have the good excuse that English is my second language ;) xo

  4. I think purposefully not using oxford commas is the height of pretension. It may not be traditional but it clearly aids comprehension, which is the whole point of writing something. But misuse of apostrophes, especially in plurals, drives me nuts.

    1. A girl after my own heart! I’m obviously completely with you. Sure, people give you the option (“option.” I want to know whether these people were dropped on their heads as kids!) of using it, but for reasons clearly explained above with funny pictures, it’s absolutely necessary to comprehension. xo

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