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Fri Feb 9, 2018, 10:35 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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Reply Oxford Comma Dispute Is Settled as Maine Drivers Get $5 Million. (Original post)
elleng Feb 2018 OP
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Puzzler Feb 2018 #3
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Response to elleng (Original post)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 10:40 PM

1. I'm a fan of the comma

We need to preserve writing clarity.

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Response to pandr32 (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 10:44 PM

2. I agree.

I also like ;

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 11:27 PM

3. Bravo, Oxford Comma ...

at least, in this particular case


-Puzzler

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Sat Feb 10, 2018, 12:19 AM

4. There are times when leaving it out gives a certain . . . accentuation or something,

but I'm usually in favor of the Oxford comma.

Healthy, wealthy, and wise. Each one stands alone and has their own individual value.

Healthy, wealthy and wise. Healthy stands alone- strong and independent, but wealthy and wise are more linked together; more of a shared value taken together.

I'm sure this proposal has been both beaten and supported in the ongoing controversy; I don't use the non-comma link often, but there are times when I think the accentuation and attention given to the linked values work.

Use where appropriate, I say.

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Sat Feb 10, 2018, 12:20 AM

5. Oxford Commas Rule!

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