Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Writing Confessions: The Oxford Comma




Confession...

I'm...

PRO Oxford Comma.


What is the Oxford comma?

Why does it matter?

IT IS EVERYTHING.


EVERYTHING I TELL YOU.


The 'Oxford comma' is an optional comma before the word 'and' at the end of a list: We sell books, videos, and magazines. It's known as the Oxford comma because it was traditionally used by printers, readers, and editors at Oxford University Press.
- from Oxford Dictionaries.com


Why do people care?

BECAUSE. If you don't care you eat your Grandma!

If you don't care then your parents are Hello Kitty and Spongebob:

Without Oxford comma: I invited my parents, Hello Kitty and Spongebob.

With Oxford comma: I invited my parents, Hello Kitty, and Spongebob.

So why do I CARE???

The Oxford comma saves lives. That's why.



Okay, I confessed, your turn: are you pro-Oxford comma? Or you know, something else weighing on you that you'd like to confess? Do you *gasp* *looks around nervously* *whispers* not use the Oxford comma?

8 comments:

  1. OMFG PRO-OXFORD COMMA WOO I LOVE THIS POST SHAY HANDS DOWN. HAHAHAHAHA.

    I seriously get so annoyed because even my own Grammar teacher barely uses the Oxford comma. Like, you are already my teacher??? WHY AREN'T YOU DOING YOUR JOB PROPERLY AND USING THAT OXFORD COMMA??????

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    1. Oh my god, Jillian! I'm so glad you feel the same way! I knew there'd be others in the blogging world who felt the same way. Haha, I'm glad you enjoyed the post, I had fun writing it, I'm just so pasionate about this topic! It's a tragedy that people don't use the Oxford comma!

      But it's a teacher???? What even! How can you not use it!!!!!!!! I feel like we should have shirts made or something. Oxford comma for life!!! <3

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  2. I'm horrible when it comes to knowing comma rules and I use it sometimes, don't use other times lol.

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    1. Oh man, I tottally get that. It took me forever to get down comma rules and still I either use way too many or not enough in my actual writing. The only thing I'm pasionate about when it comes to grammar rules and whatnot is the Oxford comma, so I won't hold it against you! =)

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  3. I am pro all commas. I use commas all the time, when they're needed, when they're not. SEE, EXAMPLE RIGHT HERE. I just use them as pauses, and sure, I should use semicolons or whatever, or periods, but nah. I want people to pause when they're reading what I have written LOL. :)

    So yes, I guess I am also pro oxford comma!

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  4. *GASPS AND CRINGES* OHMYGOD. Would someone DARE *NOT* USE THE OXFORD COMMA??!!! Tbh, I'd probably "visit" their house at night and SKEWER THEM WITH A SHARP ROCK! Anyway, commas have always been an odd grammar rule. As long as you don't abuse it horribly, it'll probably be fine!

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  5. YESSSSS Pro Oxford Comma! I don't trust people who don't use it. Because WHY? Why would you not? Just..... just do it. Because it's the right thing. I seriously get twitchy when they aren't used. I am so glad that we can remain friends because we share this stance :D

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  6. Haha, all the comma-drama cracks me up. I was using the Oxford comma basically ever since I learned to write without even realizing that it was a THING because my elementary school teacher properly indoctrinated all of our malleable little kiddie brains. I can totally understand why some not-too-grammarish types might not care, because seriously, it's a comma, whatever. But what I don't get is why people who DO care about grammar would argue against it, because it is a COMMA... it's not like it is wasting that much ink or typing energy, right?

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