ALL HAIL THE SERIAL COMMA

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Okay, so call me a member of the Grammar Police force. I wear my badge with pride. As our country gets dumbed down by the minute, I find it impossible to take anyone seriously if they can’t be bothered to proof-read, spell-check, re-read, and have the basic courtesy to not mangle the English language. (Not to mention how many online trolls can’t figure out the difference between there/their/they’re or your/you’re or the dreaded its/it’s.

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Which is why I was thrilled when a court case brought by milk-truck drivers in Maine was settled (to the tune of $10 million) for lack of a serial (or Oxford) comma. This missing comma would have clarified the sentence in question–the one at the heart of the case.

Next up: Coverage of why it is criminal to double-space after a period.

Read more here: http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/a-few-words-about-that-ten-million-dollar-serial-comma

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