Punctuation for truck drivers


A complex and costly new legal ruling (or here) vindicates us nerdy language pedants. It’s brought devotees of the numinous Oxford comma out of the woodwork.

To show the risks of eschewing the Oxford comma, here’s another party game—you can make up your own lists from the template:

I’d like to thank my parents, Mother Teresa and the Pope

I love my parents, Lady Gaga and Humpty Dumpty

I dedicate this book to my parents, Martin Amis and JK Rowling

I have been inspired by my parents, Donald Trump and Barbara Cartland

I owe a profound debt to my parents, Beyoncé and Stephen Fry

The theme is further explored in several articles on the languagelog site.

See? Punctuation rules OK. Or is that punctuation rules, OK?

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