I don't use it (I worked in news and we never used it)but one of my crit partners is always putting it in my manuscripts. Do you know if U.S. publishers prefer it or not?
Oh yes, I use it! I'm old school I guess. BUT I also use it for the reason in your post--clarity. It's often confusing without it. :o)
I'm such a geek for the Oxford comma--I love it! That cartoon is too cute. :) Have you seen the Stalin stripper one?
I use it on and off, depending upon whether the clarity of a sentence calls for it. Probably some copy editor is going to hate me someday...
I use it.As an editor, I won't add it to someone's work unless they do it part of the time and don't do it others. As long as you're consistent, it doesn't matter that much.You should Google pictures of the Oxford comma. There is a great one about inviting the strippers, JFK, and Stalin vs the strippers, JFK and Stalin. It's great.
YES the JFK + Stalin + strippers one is the best.And I am ALL about the Oxford comma. One of my crit partners also has a journalism background and I'm always putting them into her ms too, hehe.
I do use the Oxford comma, but it wasn't until this whole debate cropped up recently that I realized it had a name! It was just the way I was taught to punctuate.
I always thought it was extraneous. No one ever showed me how it could add clarity. I guess I just auto-correct as we are so often forced to do, especially reading copy on the internet. This illustration, along with the strippers, reminds me of "Eats, Shoots, and Leaves."
Maybe the second panel is "eggs, and toast and orange juice," so the debate remains unresolved.
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