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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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    tasteless (everybody else)....

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    • What's an Oxford comma?
      • The second comma in "This, that, and the other." Also known as the "serial comma."

        William F. Buckley, December 18, 1972, memo to National Review [nationalreview.com]:

        The other thing. A ukase. Un-negotiable. The only one I have issued in seventeen years. It goes: "John went to the store and bought some apples, oranges, and bananas." I am told National Review's style Book stipulates the omission of the second comma. My comment: National Review's Style Book used to stipulate the omission of the second comma. National Review's Style Book, effective immediately, makes the omission of the second comma a capital offense!

        And a response:

        Dear Mr. Buckley,

        About your un-negotiable Style Book ukase: Flowler says the comma before the "and" is considered otiose (his word). Too many sections.

        Seventeen years of silence, then the ukase labored and brought forth a comma, by caseurean section no doubt. Yours,

        VOX DICTIONARIOUS
        C/O GEORGE FOSTER
        LOS ANGELES, CALIF.

        And:

        Dear Vox: Otiose blotiose. He dreamed of conquering Guatemala, Panama, San Salvador and Nicaragua? Without the comma, San Salvador and Nicaragua appear positively zygotic. Is that what you want, Vox? Well, count me out! -- WFB

        From "Usage II: The Great Who/Whom Wars & Other Matters", Buckley: The Right Word [amazon.com]

        I'd like to quote more from the treatment in the book, but I haven't the time. It's a great book, from what I've read thus far.

        • This lead to a small disagreement between Manning and me. I'd alway been taught that lists don't need that final comma (e.g. this, that and the other) but they follow the Chicago Style Manual which insists on its presence.

          They won.

          • Well, I would tend to agree with Buckley, but my real concern is understandability. In the Pudge Style Manual, if it is at all confusing, you *must* use the extra comma. If it is clear without it, then it *may* be ommitted, but is allowed (and perhaps even recommended).