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Errors and / or Omissions, The Oxford Comma...

Discussion in 'off topic' started by Darmok, Jan 27, 2020.

  1. Darmok

    Darmok "A Priori Teleology."

  2. Joe P

    Joe P certified Buffologist / mod

    A comma can make all the difference.


  3. julifriend

    julifriend pfm Member

  4. Darmok

    Darmok "A Priori Teleology."


    There as in "Over There."

    "Their" as in, belonging to "Them."
  5. tiggers

    tiggers pfm Member

    Sorry, but it's really not debatable at all!
  6. Darmok

    Darmok "A Priori Teleology."

    Sorry, I stand Inculcated! :rolleyes:
  7. Arkless Electronics

    Arkless Electronics Trade: Amp design and repairs.

    I'd boycott it because it celebrates the most moronic error in UK peace time history but I can't say the comma bothers me... nor that I've even ever heard of an "Oxford" comma for that matter!
    julifriend and Darmok like this.
  8. tiggers

    tiggers pfm Member

    My language lecturer always told me that if you can understand what the sentence is trying to say then the punctuation is usually correct. She said that you should only use a comma after and when it makes the sentence clearer. In the case of the 50p coin it doesn't so it's fine as it is IMO... well not fine as who wants to commemorate Brexit FFS? It's fine grammatically though.
  9. Sue Pertwee-Tyr

    Sue Pertwee-Tyr pfm Member

    I’m intending to put any Brexit 50p coins I receive into the nearest charity box. Or behind the nearest bar, if I get too many to give away...
  10. Bob McC

    Bob McC Living the life of Riley

    I shall ask for them to be changed into acceptable alternative lower denomination coins.
  11. Darmok

    Darmok "A Priori Teleology."

    The rule for Commas when read is to put in place to take a breath inwards, as to avoid causing pain or injury towards the reader.

    Oh, and to separate individual items being described.

    I am probably wrong again but at my age, very little matters to me these days. :)
  12. Konteebos

    Konteebos Traitor Re-joiner

    I'm taking every Brexit 50p I receive and hoarding them, thus taking them them out of circulation. I will spend them on the celebration when we re-join the EU.
    lagavullin10y, tuga, Dozey and 4 others like this.
  13. sean99

    sean99 pfm Member

    I'd be changing them into a hard currency ASAP before the full fallout from Brexit hits the economy.
    Snufkin likes this.
  14. Nero


    I'm throwing each one I find into the canal
  15. Martian Sunrise

    Martian Sunrise pfm Member

  16. vuk

    vuk \o/ choose anarchy


    that second one is incorrectly depicted. if the image is to match, there should be no comma at all.

    also: that looks more like saddam hussein than stalin.
  17. Joe P

    Joe P certified Buffologist / mod


    The comma in the second sentence is used to introduce a series of items like so — I dedicate this poem to my mentors, Stan and Bubba.

    You could also write the sentence with an em dash or a colon.

    I dedicate this poem to my mentors — Stan and Bubba.

    I dedicate this poem to my mentors: Stan and Bubba.

  18. Darmok

    Darmok "A Priori Teleology."

    Spot the Loony...

  19. PaulMB

    PaulMB pfm Member

    I thought the Oxford comma was the one before "and". May be wrong....
    KrisW likes this.
  20. vuk

    vuk \o/ choose anarchy

    in your example, the order of subjects (and ensuing logic) provide the correct resolution. with dash or colon, there is no ambiguity. i don't like the oxford comma. in my experience, it's something used by people who don't quite understand punctuation, are afraid making mistakes and then go overboard.

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