RE: UK vs US English--difference in comma usage?

Subject: RE: UK vs US English--difference in comma usage?
From: "Mark Moloney" <mmoloney -at- network365 -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 25 May 2001 11:38:02 +0100

Dick Margulis asked about serial commas:
In reviewing proofs, our UK sales manager insists that in the UK,
"we never" use one. [...] Any UK folks want to comment?

The serial comma is sometimes called "the Oxford comma" because it's a part
of the style guide used by the Oxford University Press. It's supposed to be
uncommon practice in British English to use it, but I don't think this is
true in fact. I always use a serial comma to exclude any chance of ambiguity
(classic example: "To my parents, Ayn Rand and God."). I'd suggest that you
use that argument to defend it if you prefer to keep it.

Mark Moloney
Technical Writer

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