Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A victory for the Oxford comma

Saw this at The Passive Voice.

Oxfordians everywhere, including yours truly, celebrate a triumphant win in court:

...the judge observed that labor laws, when ambiguous, are designed to benefit the laborers, the case was settled.
"For want of a comma, we have this case," the judge wrote. 
Ambiguity is the enemy of clear communication, and the Oxford comma reduces ambiguity.  It's as simple as that.  If you want to be a sophist, then that's fine, but do it in academia or politics or something.  Don't do it in labor contracts, and don't do it in genre fiction.

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