Coin, Country, and Comma

If there is one point of grammar I insist upon, it is the use of the serial comma. Across the pond, it’s affectionately known as the Oxford comma. Simply defined, it’s the final comma that comes before “and” or “or” in a series.

Footsteps on the Road to Learning, or, The Alphabet in Rhyme (1849)

Many style guides consider the serial comma optional; however, lack of said comma may open the door to unwanted misinterpretation.

A little comma can make a big difference.

Read here why award-winning author Sir Philip Pullman is urging his fellow citizens to boycott a newly minted coin that omits the Oxford comma.


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