9 Reasons Why You Need the Oxford Comma
Start writing a post

9 Reasons Why You Need the Oxford Comma

Save yourself and others from humiliating situations

9 Reasons Why You Need the Oxford Comma

English Majors are often teased for knowing minute grammar rules, but they really are important. One of the more well known rules is the Oxford (or serial) comma. In a list of three things the comma between the first item and the second is required, however the comma between the second item and the word 'and' is technically optional. However, without it it can completely change the context of a sentence. Here are some of my all time favorites.

1. An Efficient Breakfast that leads to soggy toast:

Sure it all goes the same place but I wouldn't want to put orange juice on my toast. Imagine the mess.

2. Historically Inaccurate Jobs

JFK and Stalin might have been around strippers before but I doubt they were every strippers, and if they were we certainly wouldn't take them seriously.

3. That would be Cannibalism and Animal Cruelty.

Note to self: Never eat Rachael Ray's cooking....

Although, there is something slightly suspicious about her smile.

4. Well that escalated quickly...

They fell in love at first...hand shake? Who's going to tell Michelle?

5. He is a lot older than we all thought. And has a unique collection...

The Secret Life of Nelson Mandela or his unauthorized biography.

6. Some mistakes are permanent

Make sure you proofread your tattoos first.

7. When your dedication isn't *quite* right.

Now that David Bowie is dead this is a lot funnier. But before that, I'm pretty sure his wife wouldn't enjoy this error.

8. Don't be Crazier.

I mean, my friends and I are crazy but you don't need to advertise it.

9.Creating an accidental ship

"She took a picture of her parents, the president and the vice president"

It gives a whole new meaning to being to relationships like Trump-Pence, I bet this was their wedding photo.

Lesson learned: the oxford comma keeps you out of dangerous, unpleasant, awkward or permanent situations.


Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

I Rated The 6 Best Seasonal Dates So You Don't Have To Go To Pinterest For Your Next Holidate

My boyfriend and I have the best holiday date list prepared so you don't have to search Pinterest for your next idea!

Photo by Ian Schneider on Unsplash

I would just like to note that I am a little biased because they were all great dates, and I know he's going to read this. So here's a quick, little reminder that I love my boyfriend very much!

Keep Reading... Show less

With a huge sigh of relief, we can safely say that Joe Biden has won the election.

Keep Reading... Show less
Instagram: @greysabc

At the end of their last episode, "Grey's Anatomy" teased the return of another character from Meredith's past. After the return of Patrick Dempsey's, Derek Shepherd, Grey's fans know that no one is off-limits.

The return of these characters comes after Meredith was diagnosed with COVID-19 and began experiencing hallucinations of her loved ones.

Keep Reading... Show less
Photo by Jonathan Borba on Unsplash

I love listening to Christmas music just as much as the next person, but when I turn on my local holiday radio station each year, it just feels repetitive. No hate to musicians like Burl Ives or Nat King Cole, but Christmas music needs an update. Personally, I'm tired of the same "Let It Snow" and "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas". So plug in your Christmas tree, make some hot cocoa, and listen to these amazing (and updated) holiday songs.

Keep Reading... Show less

With the holidays right around the corner, there are many things to look forward to. Time with family, friends, great food, overall seasonal joy... And now the fragrances from Jennifer Lopez.

Keep Reading... Show less

10 Christmas Songs For Your Festive Playlist

I have no shame in starting to feel festive super early.


All of these songs are definitely popular. However, I have the strong opinion that having the songs on your Christmas playlist be popular is extremely important. Having everyone sing to the songs is most of the fun; it adds to the festivity of whatever you're doing.

Personally, I love to bake cookies and hum along as I cannot sing and no one should ever hear me. Whatever you do for the holidays, enjoy your festive time and the season!

Keep Reading... Show less

5 Movies And TV Shows That Got Mental Illness Right​

There is a very fine line between representation for mentally ill people and demonizing them for the sake of entertainment. Hollywood has a tendency to sensationalize mental illness, but these shows and movies got it right.


At the risk of being dismissive of all the progress we've made, mental health representation is still seriously lacking. Many shows fall into the traps of making their mentally ill character violent, making professional help seem useless, or making characters who don't reflect the reality for people living with mental illness.

Keep Reading... Show less

10​​ Songs That Made It Onto My November Playlist

Another month of finding new music during unusual times


A new month means new music! Like each month, I've collected my top 10 new songs or discoveries into a playlist. This November didn't have too many new releases, however, I did find a few and a couple of new discoveries.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments