Friday, 1 July 2011


There has been immense, outraged and furious commotion, over the claims of Oxford University abandoning its standardized use of what is known as the Oxford comma, in its grammatical style guide. 

A sentence written with the Oxford comma would read as follows: 

"The Oxford comma is unnecessary, awkward, and aggravating."

Without it:

"The Oxford comma is unnecessary, awkward and aggravating."

I am perfectly aware of what makes more sense in cognitive linguism and effective punctuation , though it was then pointed out to me by a Comment is Free user named INeedMuchMoreWine (who does):

"Neither. What problem or ailment is the Oxford comma aggravating? Or do you mean 
irritating? Learn the language before commenting on it."


There is a profoundly sentient range held within language, and its limitations within the confines of standardization are the same, as we labouringly deliberate when using it. It is best for it to evolve according to what feels uncomfortable or not. I say realized rather than realised, but wouldn't even think of spelling colour without a u.

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