27 Mar 2011
And students ask why punctuation is importantSubmitted by Karl Hagen
The issue of the Oxford comma has come up several times at Language Log, with some very amusing examples of the consequences of omitting the comma before and. See this magazine cover, the October 2010 issue of Tails, isn't just missing the final comma but all the commas in the series.
It reads (linebreaks original),
and her dog
It appears, given the indignant assertions of the Tails editor that the commas were photoshopped out, but still, it had me snorting my coffee this morning.
Had me snorting too.