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Fri Feb 9, 2018, 09:32 PM

Oxford Comma Dispute Is Settled as Maine Drivers Get $5 Million.

'Ending a case that electrified punctuation pedants, grammar goons and comma connoisseurs, Oakhurst Dairy settled an overtime dispute with its drivers that hinged entirely on the lack of an Oxford comma in state law.

The dairy company in Portland, Me., agreed to pay $5 million to the drivers, according to court documents filed on Thursday.

The relatively small-scale dispute gained international notoriety last year when the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruled that the missing comma created enough uncertainty to side with the drivers, granting those who love the Oxford comma a chance to run a victory lap across the internet.

But the resolution means there will be no ruling from the lands highest courts on whether the Oxford comma the often-skipped second comma in a series like A, B, and C is an unnecessary nuisance or a sacred defender of clarity, as its fans and detractors endlessly debate. (In most cases, The Times stylebook discourages the serial comma, often called the Oxford comma because it was traditionally used by the Oxford University Press.)

It appears the Maine Legislature has learned its lesson, at least. It revised the disputed state law last year to end ambiguity by adding new punctuation but not in the way you might be thinking.'>>>

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/09/us/oxford-comma-maine.html?

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 09:45 PM

1. For what it's worth, the GPO Style Manual (Federal publications style manual) also

calls for that second comma.

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Response to 50 Shades Of Blue (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 09:47 PM

2. Thanks for that;

can't say that I recall it!

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 09:55 PM

3. Probably a lounge post, but seemed so appropriate





Apologies

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Response to JDC (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 09:59 PM

4. THANKS!

Hoped for such!

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