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Oxford Comma – to use, or not to use?

I happened to find this pic on my FB timeline:

Grammarly on Facebook
Source: https://www.facebook.com/grammarly/photos/a.158139670871698.33824.139729956046003/846877501997908/?type=1&theater

The graphic itself was hilarious. But apart from that, it brought back memories of an age-old controversy. The Oxford Comma – a debate probably as old as literature itself.

In school, I was taught that ‘using a comma just before a conjunction is a crime. Period’. That stuck. For a long long time. And being the dork that I was, I chose to blindly believe it.

I thought it would be appropriate that this matter get some limelight on my  small lil’ blog.

Just before I composed this post, I did a brief research (read ‘surfed online’) about it, and although it didn’t settle the debate, it made me change my allegiance. I now publicly declare that I support the use of Oxford comma, Harvard comma, or serial comma.

Why did I write this post?  Because I come across a lot of fellow-bloggers who excel at writing. And many of you adore the concept of grammar. I, for one, am obsessed with it. (not to imply that I am a master at it). But lets just say that whenever I see a grammatical mistake, I feel uneasy, restless, and irritated.

So, this is for all you grammar-lovers out there.

You can read more about this fascinating debate here, here, here, and here.

After you vote, do visit this site for a fun fact – http://tinyurl.com/mhjvftd