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The Importance of the Oxford Comma (a poem}

Date: 2017-09-15 12:41 pm (UTC)
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I think it's really funny, but I'm still upset by people who smugly point out that there are potential ambiguities present if you omit an oxford comma, while conveniently neglecting to mention any ambiguities present if you use one. If they think using an oxford comma is *less often* ambiguous, then fine, they're probably right. But giving ten examples doesn't prove that.

I think it was you who suggested the parallel:

"To my parents, Ayn Rand and God"
"To my mother, Ayn Rand, and God"

Re: The Importance of the Oxford Comma (a poem}

Date: 2017-09-15 01:00 pm (UTC)
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I'm a big fan of those examples. And many of the examples in that poem still admit of ambiguity if they do have an Oxford comma:

"the Queen, a well-known madam and a prostitute" vs
"the Queen, a well-known madam, and a prostitute"

One can read the latter as referring to two individuals.

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