Why the Oxford comma is important. Found on the interwebs.. so what's the argument for not having the Oxford comma? tumblr comma grammar fuck me im a Virgin

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User avatar #1 - dylancn (04/09/2013) [+] (6 replies)
Oxford Comma?
User avatar #2 to #1 - fronami (04/09/2013) [-]
It's the comma that comes before "and ___" in a list. So, to use the example above:
I had a party with the strippers, George Bush and Barack Obama.
This implies that the names of the strippers were George Bush and Barack Obama.
I had a party with the strippers, George Bush, and Barack Obama.
This implies that you were partying with strippers, and that people of note who also attended the party were George Bush and Barack Obama.

I too feel very strongly about the Oxford Comma, so this post is enjoyable to me.
User avatar #7 - foxythekid (04/10/2013) [+] (3 replies)
Who gives a **** about an oxford comma?
#4 - anonymous (04/10/2013) [+] (1 reply)
does anyone notice the source...?
User avatar #5 to #4 - joltzeke (04/10/2013) [-]
damn my forgetfulness to log-in
User avatar #33 - threadz (04/10/2013) [-]
so what's the argument for not having the Oxford comma?
User avatar #29 - thepastryistrue (04/10/2013) [+] (3 replies)
In German it's pretty easy. Only the first comma matters.
This way "I had a party with the strippers, george bush and barack obama" means that it is a simple enumeration, there were strippers and george bush and barack obama.
If I'd write "I had a party with the strippers george bush and barack obama" it would mean that there are two strippers called GB and BO. The names are modifiers of the noun "strippers" and therefor not separated with a comma.

What I don't get is, why English demands the first comma. If I'd say: "I had a party with the stripper Layla" there wouldn't be a comma, or would it? Only because there are two strippers doesn't mean the names aren't just modifiers to the noun anymore, or are they?
User avatar #28 - senseofpurpose (04/10/2013) [-]
Aren't they?
User avatar #27 - Loppytaffy (04/10/2013) [-]
I get upset about things like grammar. I am so glad I'm not the only one.

Get upset about politics as well. And general things that go on in the world...Like the Berlin wall memorial coming down and such.
User avatar #23 - owmowmow (04/10/2013) [-]
If I didn't use the oxford comma in my uni studies at one point or another, my teachers would tell me to **** off. So yes it's important.
#22 - anonymous (04/10/2013) [+] (3 replies)
Actually the Oxford comma is optional and is not required in that list. If you're not an idiot, for that sentence to sound like you are listing Obama and Bush as Strippers i believe it would need to go like this:

"i had a party with the strippers; George Bush and Barack Obama"

L2english
User avatar #21 - iwaspromisedcake (04/10/2013) [-]
Even Oxford University regards the oxford comma as bull **** . This example is the absolute worst of them all. If you are really trying to convey that strippers are attending a party as well as George Bush and Barack Obama, you should do it in two seperate clauses. If you do it in a list, you belong back in third grade english where you learned about the oxford comma.
#18 - tomatoesauce (04/10/2013) [-]
, important
User avatar #14 - Bruda ONLINE (04/10/2013) [-]
I always used the oxford comma without even knowing what it was.
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