The Oxford comma, or serial comma, is the comma that is placed before a conjunction after a series of three or more items.
With Oxford comma: This song, Girls Just Want to Have Fun, is dedicated to my sisters, Thelma, and Louise.
Without Oxford comma: This song, Girls Just Want to Have Fun, is dedicated to my sisters, Thelma and Louise.
Without the Oxford comma it is unclear if the song, a pop classic, is dedicated to the dedicator’s two sisters named Thelma and Louise; or if the song is dedicated to the dedicator’s sisters and two chicks whose names are Thelma and Louise. The Oxford comma provides clarity and minimizes confusion for the reader.
It wasn’t until a few years ago that I even knew the not using the Oxford comma was an option. It is an option I wholeheartedly reject. Don’t be a part of the problem; use the Oxford comma.
Want to learn more about my beloved Oxford comma? Check out the video below.
What punctuation or grammar rule do you love? Which grammar offense do you hate the most? Please note, I will not engage in Oxford comma debate. I’ve learned not to talk politics, religion, PC vs. Mac, or Oxford comma online; it’s just to derisive.