When the Oxford Comma makes all the difference.
Yet the debate rages on.
Consider a popular example:
No Oxford comma – I love my parents, JK Rowling and Moby Dick.
With Oxford comma – I love my parents, JK Rowling, and Moby Dick.
The former may be misconstrued to read that you love your parents, who are famous author JK Rowling and a fictional whale. The latter clarifies that you love your parents as well as the Harry Potter author and Herman Melville creation.
Why does it matter, you ask? It’s clear that JK Rowling and Moby Dick cannot and do not have offspring. But sometimes, it can make all the difference.
According to a recent court ruling, proper punctuation matters a great deal. In a lawsuit between a Maine company and truck drivers suing for overtime pay, a state law lacking an Oxford comma led the court to rule in favor of the drivers.
You win this round, Oxford comma supporters.
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