A lot of people, apparently.
Yesterday, the University of Oxford Public Affairs Directorate’s Writing and Style Guide suggested that its readers should do away with the Oxford comma.
As a general rule, do not use the serial/Oxford comma: so write ‘a, b and c’ not ‘a, b, and c’. But when a comma would assist in the meaning of the sentence or helps to resolve ambiguity, it can be used – especially where one of the items in the list is already joined by ‘and’
Then one of the editors on GalleyCat wrote a short post telling its readers about that and then all hell broke loose.
There is nothing more entertaining to me than a straight-up English debate because sometimes I’m a nerdynerd-nerd face.
On the Vampire Weekend video posted below, one commenter said:
PS The Oxford comma is a tragic waste of space — and Oxford University now agrees!
You guys, an Internet troll joined in on the debate!
Linda Holmes, one of my favorite NPR contributors, also joined in, explaining the Oxford comma in the best way possible:
For those of you who enjoy the outdoors and would no more sort commas into classes than you would organize peanut butter jars in order of viscosity, the serial comma — or “Oxford comma” — is the final comma that comes in a sentence like this: “I met a realtor, a DJ, a surfer, and a pharmaceutical salesperson.” (In this sentence, I am on The Bachelorette.)
And then she gave her opinion:
My feelings are basically summed up in the first half of that Youtube comment (also, +10 points to that person for calling it a “tragedy”) and the first half of this song.
DOWN WITH THE OXFORD COMMA.
The fact that this debate is even happening makes this the best week ever.
The debate is still raging on Twitter.
Chicago Style aficionados view it as the Renaissance:
There is outrage:
I’m really enjoying this, if you couldn’t tell.