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Some regard it as neat, precise, and elegent.

Others think it’s pedantic, pernickity and old hat.

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11 thoughts on “THE OXFORD COMMA

  1. That reminds me:

    Anyone make a sentence with the word “and” (or any other word) occurring five times (or more) in a row?

  2. Also reminds me (I’d never heard of this “Oxford comma” BTW) of this true anecdote:

    When I was a kid one of my big sisters told how her teacher – after presumably teaching the above rule – had read out and told the class to punctuate the sentence

    (spoken): “John, Paul, George and Ringo went to get Help”

    One of the girls immediately shouted back “In that case, I’d make a dash after Paul!”

  3. The teaching of English Grammar is all but lost in 2011. There is a beauty in constructing a sentence according to the rules of English Grammar and here I include the use of the Oxford Comma.

  4. 2 pop groups competing for top billing at a festival. One of the groups is called And And, and the other is called And And And, finally the festival promoter shuts them up by saying ” Look let’s settle this by having And And and And And And going on at the same time ”

    That’s the best I can do at this time of night 😉

  5. Ha ha! (wasn’t “And and and” one of the ideas for a name that the band The Committments had, in the film?)

  6. What be this Oxford Comma of whych thou speakeste, and wherefore makest thou suche wylde imaginations thereunto? By ‘swounds, I do beseech thee, let no parlance be utterde within these fair Isles, save that of our deare Kynge.

  7. Well done, Colm and youre on the right track.

    My solution was:

    Classroom situation. Pupil writes: “The King, and, the Queen were indifferent to the sufferings of the people”

    Teacher says: Bad punctuation. There shouldn’t be a comma between “King” and “and” and “and” and “Queen”.

    It’s the weekend, so I proceed to a joke.

    The teacher then asks the class: Now can anyone tell me what the word “indifferent” means?


  8. Colm, it’s weekend and a bit of levity and license is in order, and I INSIST on telling my joke:

    The standard prim female teacher is reading to class of 10 yr olds.

    “Before the revolution, the King, and, the Queen were indifferent to the sufferings of the people”

    Now can any of you little dears tell me what the word “indifferent” means?”

    Nobody could.

    “Very well, I want every one of you to try to find out the meaning of that word for tomorro. Now class is dismissed.”

    Next day.

    “Well, I hope someone found out the meaning of the word “indifferent” ”

    Little Johnny raises his little hand.

    “Pleasth Misth, it means “lovely” !

    “Oh, Little Johnny, what put it into your little head that “indifferent” means “lovely”?

    “Well missth, last night I had to get up to… (glass giggles) ..well, to get a drink of water.

    And when I was passing Mommy and Daddy’s bedroom door, I heard Mammy say to Daddy:

    “Ooooh, that’s LOVELY”

    And Daddy replied:

    “Yes, that’s because it’s in different”

  9. Noel

    I’m shocked. I don’t expect to hear jokes like that at this time of the morning. You should have told it earlier…

  10. I believe I’ll go with The band Vampire Weekend’s take on an Oxford comma.

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