This Writing Wednesday is likely to ruffle a few feathers, but I’m past the point of caring.
There is a time and place to use the Oxford comma—simple lists are not that time or place.
Here’s my train of thought when it comes to The Com: If a pause would benefit the sentence’s flow, by all means! Please add it!
But if you’re just being disruptive for the sake of RULES, knock it off.
Here’s what I mean:
- We ate a hearty breakfast of bacon, eggs and toast.
- We ate a hearty breakfast of bacon, eggs, and toast.
First of all, it looks terrible. Stuffed to the gills with little flips of the pen. For what? A totally unnecessary pause.
Every comma signifies a pause.
Whenever you add a comma, read the pause. READ IT. Does it sound normal? Like a natural pause? Great. Leave it.
But if you’re…
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