In my previous post I talked a little about the Oxford Comma. And in searching for an image for said post, I found this:
Now – and very quickly – I personally think that even with the omission of the Oxford comma we still did not invite the strippers JFK and Stalin to whatever weird party we seem to be having. I think it still reads as inviting all three: the strippers and the two former world leaders. I believe that to invite these two dodgy strippers we would have to leave out all of the commas. By inserting just a single comma after ‘strippers’, however, we define what’s coming next as being a list of some sorts and – hopefully – the reader will assume as such, Oxford comma or not.
In relation to my own masterpiece, I’ve had various beta readers (and an editor) all have conflicting views regarding this very issue.
What do you think?
Thanks for reading.