An American Editor

March 21, 2014

A Video Interlude: To Serial or Not to Serial

Filed under: A Video Interlude,On Language,Professional Editors — Rich Adin @ 4:00 am
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Thanks to The Digital Reader, a blog that I read daily, for bringing this video to my attention.

The following video sums up the argument for and against the serial (Oxford) comma and is worth watching:

Richard Adin, An American Editor



  1. With a background in the computer industry, where precision of expression is most often critical, I ALWAYS use the Oxford comma in my writing. Using it is never wrong, just annoying to some people. Omitting it can yield an ambiguous statement … ooops, computer crash.


    Comment by linuxjim — March 21, 2014 @ 1:13 pm | Reply

    • Hadn’t thought of it that way, but that’s probably why *I* like the thing. Besides the humorous misreadings allowed by omission, of course. 🙂


      Comment by anansii — March 21, 2014 @ 6:45 pm | Reply

  2. […] Now, can we all get back to more important things — like duking it out over the Oxford comma! […]


    Pingback by Needed: “Require” Inquiry | mEDITations — March 27, 2014 @ 11:55 am | Reply

  3. […] Do you know what is meant by the Oxford or serial comma? If you don’t, or you want to know why people get so excited about it, try this short video. […]


    Pingback by So what is the Oxford comma? | The Proof Angel — May 9, 2014 @ 4:42 am | Reply

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