- Case dealt with a minor mark in a labor law
- The result was a grammar nerd's dream
(CNN)If you have ever doubted the importance of the humble Oxford comma, let this supremely persnickety Maine labor dispute set you straight.
(2) Meat and fish products; and
(3) Perishable foods.
Also known as a serial comma, an Oxford comma is the comma between the penultimate and final items in a written list. Here it is, using a classic example from The Gloss:
We invited the strippers, JFK, and Stalin.
The comma between JFK and Stalin is the Oxford comma.
Proponents say it helps eliminate ambiguity. (For instance, without the Oxford comma above, would that mean JFK and Stalin were the strippers?)
Critics say it is just cumbersome.