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Old 18 March 2017, 11:08 AM
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Read This! Lack of comma sense ignites debate after ruling in $10M suit

It all came down to a missing comma, and not just any one. And it's reignited a longstanding debate over whether the punctuation is necessary.

A federal appeals court decided this week to keep alive a lawsuit by dairy drivers seeking more than $10 million in an overtime pay dispute.

http://abcnews.go.com/Weird/wireStor...comma-46204469
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Old 18 March 2017, 03:06 PM
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I support the Oxford Comma, America, Peanut Butter, and Jelly Sandwiches.

You see, because I used an Oxford Comma, you know I support Jelly Sandwiches. I also support Peanut Butter. But make no mistake: Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches are an abomination unto the Lord.
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Old 18 March 2017, 03:25 PM
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I like the Oxford Comma. I've never been able to figure out what the objection is to it. (I know that stylebooks don't like it, but I don't know why.)
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Newspapers are always trying to get the most possible information into the least possible space, so that's why their stylebooks tend to advise against the Oxford comma. I don't know why others would have a problem with it.
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I wonder if they did this on purpose

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The company is well known in Maine for its line of milks, creamers and other dairy products.
More seriously, the above would meet the AP style guide, as I guess there is no ambiguity without the comma. But in the law, even the AP style guide would suggest using the comma, per the article:

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The Associated Press Stylebook advises against the use of the Oxford comma, except when it's needed for clarity. In this case, someone following AP's guidance would include a comma if the packing and distribution were intended to be separate activities.
ETA: I am pro-Oxford comma. Without it, if ASL did like PB&J sandwiches, then to be unambiguous he would need to say "I support the Oxford Comma, America and Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches. So more characters.
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You see, because I used an Oxford Comma, you know I support Jelly Sandwiches. I also support Peanut Butter. But make no mistake: Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches are an abomination unto the Lord.

Hear hear!


I'm sure it's in the Bible someplace!
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Old 28 March 2017, 03:07 PM
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A Reason article discusses this as well as the Oxford Comma.
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