Have to love a “fiercely debated” punctuation mark, the Oxford Comma

set of funny smiley punctuation   The informative and often fun site, ThoughCo.com published an article about the Oxford of serial comma here: ThoughtCo.com Article on the Oxford Comma .

This comma is known as the Oxford Comma, the Harvard Comma, and more commonly, the serial comma.

But what is this hot topic punctuation mark?  As the author Richard Nordquist writes,

The Oxford comma is the comma that precedes the conjunction before the final item in a list of three or more items:

  • This song was composed by Moe, Larry, and Curly.
  • This website is devoted to Moe, Larry, Curly, Shemp, Joe, and Curly Joe.
  • This book is dedicated to my roommates, Beyoncé, and God.


I just love those examples!

ThoughtCo.com believes the serial comma should be used unless the style manual a writer is using advises against it.

I have to love a “fiercely debated” punctuation mark! What do you think?  Where do you stand on this hot topic?

Laura Lee