Taking Stock of The Oxford Comma Wars

The good, the bad and the grammatically ambiguous.

Jack Shepherd
Cellar Door
Published in
6 min readJan 22, 2024

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THE OXFORD COMMA WARS

Those of us who aspire to a quiet life know that (in polite company) we should never raise the topics of politics, religion, or whether it’s advisable to deploy an extraneous comma before “and” or “or” in a series of three or more terms. The question of the Serial Comma—known to pedants as the “Oxford Comma,” and to…

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Jack Shepherd
Cellar Door

I have a newsletter about crossword puzzles and a podcast about rom-coms. Formerly editorial director @BuzzFeed. Email: JackAShepherd at gmail