The serial comma is undead

For a brief moment I thought the days of being haunted by the serial comma were over.  But, rumors on the internets of the death of the Oxford comma, aka the serial comma, were  erroneous after all.  Reports that the pesky punctuation mark was eighty-sixed by the Oxford University Press were found to be untrue and the serial comma killer once again seeks to eat my brains.

I’ve been a hater ever since I was fired from a lucrative copy editing job for killing the serial commas–hence the birth of my superhero alter ego serial comma killer.  The job, proofreading text for medical journals (yawn), called for the APA stylebook as its main style reference, and I mistakenly used the AP stylebook. (Gasp!)

The serial comma may live on as a zombie but I shall remain steadfast in my battle to destroy it.

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2 Comments to “The serial comma is undead”

  1. The serial comma lives in some places (due to some persnickity style guides, such as the one I use! Chicago!) and has died and been forgotten elsewhere. No rule in grammar is ever set in stone….how fun is that? Almost makes me wish I had taken up math instead of wordplay. Almost. : )

  2. Love this! (Love, this?)

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