Today, I wanted to talk about commas.
Whether the comma or period is the most used punctuation mark could be debated. After all, every sentence needs a period; not all sentences require a comma. However, some sentences use more than one comma.
So, I will feature comma uses several times.
For today, an easy one.
The Oxford Comma
Growing up, I was taught to put a comma before the and in a series ONLY if the series was complicated (not just single words). However, the new standard is to put the comma before the and.
At first, I was resistant. But, as an editor, I've seen countless examples of why it's important to use this comma. Plus, let's be honest, it's easier to have a hard-and-fast rule about it than a subjective one. Commas tend to be the most misused punctuation mark because of varying opinions, so a few solid rules are useful.
So, embrace the Oxford comma. After all, you don't want...
When I'm worried about something, I often seek wisdom
from my parents, God and Judy Blume.
Wow. Instead of my parents, God, and Judy Blume, I've now declared that my parents are God and Judy Blume.
Is there an editing/grammar issue that's always caused you trouble? If so, share it in the comments so I can feature it in a future post.