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  1. The Oxford comma is one of the most useful things in the English language. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, English teachers were ripping their hair out because many students could not remember to insert the Oxford comma in its appointed place. Apparently, someone said, “Well, you know formal changes in written language often follow the natural evolution of language among the common people. Because hardly anyone can remember to insert the Oxford comma, let’s just make up a new rule saying that in a series no comma is required before the coordinating conjunction.”

    Years of technical editing and writing have taught me that the Oxford comma is essential in technical communications to avoid just the sort of problems reflected in your example above—and not having it just seems awkward and strange in other situations.

    Thank you for following the Archaeology in Tennessee blog.


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