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Started by EtherealCaptive, 06/29/2011 01:51PM
Posted 06/29/2011 01:51PM Opening Post
The Oxford writing and style guide no longer advocates the use of the serial/Oxford comma.

http://www.ox.ac.uk/branding_toolkit/writing_and_style_guide/punctuation.html#athe_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’:

They had a choice between croissants, bacon and eggs, and muesli.

There are some cases where the comma is clearly obligatory:

The bishops of Canterbury, Oxford, Bath and Wells, and Salisbury