Steve Breeze popped into my last post and muttered something about the serial or “Oxford” comma which was, until shortly after I read that comment, missing from the blog title. It’s a bone of contention, this penultimate comma in a list of things.
For example, is it “The grocer had carrots, rutabagas, and celery,” or “The grocer had carrots, rutabagas and celery”? Which is right? Not even copyeditors agree. For me, even though I can get emotional about some punctuational issues (if the grocer has carrot’s and rutabaga’s, I will take my business elsewhere), this one is like gun control: an issue about which I am able to take sides to the satisfaction of the divided majority. I can see both sides, and am OK either way. Take the comma or leave it.
But it seems like this is a critical question that will affect the success of this blog and the fates of us all, so please weigh in. I will play the winner. Make your arguments below.