Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Oxford Comma

As of June, the Oxford writing and style guide no longer recommends the blanket usage of the Oxford comma*. I still enjoy and revel in the comma usage, whether in sentences, spoken language, or always coming up with a third thing in a list**.

The Oxford comma is not entirely obsolete. Here is a visual aid*** for situations when the Oxford comma is appropriate, even necessary, to convey the meaning of the sentence:*via MetaFilter
**joke citation: 30 Rock
***Language Log via FairerScience

This post's theme word is saccade, "a brief, rapid movement of the eye from one position of rest to another." That image induced saccades.

1 comment:

Jorge Aranda said...

Oxford University Press didn't drop the Oxford Comma---this is just from an internal style guide at a University of Oxford department that was taken out of context. Some details: http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/did-oxford-drop-the-oxford-comma.aspx