Oxford comma helps drivers win dispute about overtime pay
by Elena Cresci.
(All of you Oxford comma purists out there, go ahead and gloat. We'll have you know CNN adheres by AP Style, which does not include the mark.)So the Chicago Style Manual says use it, always, while AP Style "does not use the mark".
I prefer to do what Mr Jones used to do, namely use it when you, or your readers, need it and don't when you don't. What's the matter with old-fashioned logic and hard thinking?
Elena Cresci's article includes the following.
The Guardian style guide has the following to say about Oxford commas: a comma before the final “and” in lists: straightforward ones (he ate ham, eggs and chips) do not need one, but sometimes it can help the reader (he ate cereal, kippers, bacon, eggs, toast and marmalade, and tea).
Sometimes it is essential: comparePrecisely the approach I recommend and try to use.
I dedicate this book to my parents, Martin Amis, and J K Rowling.
I dedicate this book to my parents, Martin Amis and J K Rowling.