Here’s my take on this Oxford Comma phenomenon (di doo di doo doo!)
I’m from the UK and we definitely weren’t taught to use it. We were taught that a comma denotes a pause in a sentence. Simple. Then we were taught that if you need to list items/people etc, that you would use a comma between each UNTIL the last two, where you would use an ‘and’. That last ‘and’ is standing in for the pause the comma creates and also lets you know that the list is ending.
I’ve seen that stupid graphic going around with:
- I had eggs, toast, and orange juice.
- I had eggs, toast and orange juice.
Stating that the second option is clearly wrong because it conjures up an image of orange juice ON toast. No. Just, no. Take for example:
- I had toast, and orange juice.
- I had toast and orange juice.
Which is correct here? Hopefully it’s clearly the second option. Which points neatly to the reasoning that the first two are always wrong. Too, much, pausing, makes, you, sound, like, an, ass!
I get that a whole plethora of people have been taught this incorrectly but you’re all intelligent enough to use a computer, you managed to deal with a new version of tumblr, you’ll cope. :)