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  1. willair

    willair Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    There has been serious debate over if the Royal Mint should have used Oxford comma on it's Brexit 50 p piece and will this be boycotted by all literate people as there seems to only less the 3 million coin and are now selling for ten times the face value..

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  2. geoffw

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    A storm in a teacup.

    I don't care one way or the other, and I'm fairly pedantic. Some people advocate it strongly, others don't.

    My MS Word corrects me when I use one, and that annoys me (thought there's probably a setting I can change).

    Serial comma - Wikipedia
     
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    Goodness. In my youth Oxford commas were often frowned upon. Now they seem to have become compulsory?

    My theory: Philip Pullman has a few of the Brexit coins squirelled away and is trying to up their value through controversy.

    Clever man, that!
     
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    There are only three types of people in the world: people who use Oxford commas, people who don't know what an Oxford comma is, and those who are wrong. :cool:

    The fact that I should have used semicolons rather than a comma, is irrelevant :p

    In other news, last night I went out for dinner with my friend Pete, a lawyer and a convicted art thief. :eek:
     
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    So there were four of you at dinner or is Pete all/some of the above? :confused:

    Getting back on topic, I thought that the Oxford comma was another name for the 'Glasgow Kiss' but as I had to summon the powers that be to clarify what I was looking for in the OP, then I realised @KateSydney's camp where it is simply wrong. Never seen it done that way and don't like it. You can't put a comma before "and".
     
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    I'd put this subject into First World Problems, but that would give it more weight than it deserves.
     
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    I would have thought so too but the decision itself to move the entire thread is really the FWP.
     
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    I hate, it when people put a, comma in the wrong, place and make it difficult for others to read;
     
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    Grammar:
    The difference between knowing your sh*t and knowing you're sh*t!
     
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    Exactly!
     
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    Let's eat Grandma!

    Let's eat, Grandma!

    Commas Save Lives

    I love cooking, my dogs, and my family.

    I love cooking my dogs and my family.


    Use commas. Don't be a psycho.
     
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    Grammar is important so you know know the difference between: helping your uncle jack off a horse and; helping your uncle, Jack, off a horse.
     
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    Actually, I am a regular user of the Oxford comma. I just like it to be a discretionary thing. So many things aren't any more!
     
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    Walking in heavy showers yesterday I was perplexed by Mrs No Mates' comment to be careful walking on the footpath. "Watch the dog s#...", ie don't step in it whereas I took it as in the present tense of the verb and couldn't see the dog.
     
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    What does a dog do that a man steps into?

    Pants.
     
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