The Missing $10m Comma

The hand is better but still not up to longform blogging, so I’m reposting a portion of one from 2015 because of  this from the Washington Post. “The ruling in this Maine labor dispute hinged on the omission of an Oxford comma.”

The following is a take from “Holy Writ” by Mary Norris, which appeared in the February 23-March 2 (2015) issue of The New Yorker. She was a copy editor at the magazine and  inveighed against dropping the serial or Oxford comma. She used these examples:

  • “This book is dedicated to my parents, Ayn Rand and God.”
  • “… the country and western singer who was joined onstage by his two ex-wives, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings.”
  • “We invited the strippers, J.F.K. and Stalin.” To which someone asked, “who had the better outfit, J.F.K. or Stalin?”

Details, people.

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