What is ‘The Oxford Comma’

UnknownThe ‘Oxford comma’ is an optional comma before the word ‘and’ at the end of a list:

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It’s known as the Oxford comma because it was used by printers, readers, and editors at Oxford University Press.  Not all writers and publishers use it, but it can clarify the meaning of a sentence when the items in a list are not single words:

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The Oxford comma is also known as the ‘serial comma’.

Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

7 thoughts

  1. The Oxford comma is easily understood but the semicolon sometimes acts as a fartlumpen to my writing.

  2. I began to think I was the only person on the planet still using the Oxford comma. It is such a relief that there is at least three of us. Now we need to find someone that understands the apostrophe.

      1. I agree. The times I see it misused. Punctuation is disappearing and is such a pity. Without punctuation writing becomes difficult to understand, certainly ambiguous.

  3. Great!!! Thanks for sharing this. I’ve always been using it like this unconsciously.

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