Day: May 20, 2014

Tips from the Editor – Oxford Comma Wars

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By Kelly Laycockeditor1a

“I don’t see how you can write anything of value if you don’t offend someone.“

― Marvin Harris (1927–2001), American Anthropologist

We are such suckers for controversy. Is it our frustration at the lack of control over others’ freedom of thought that comes bubbling to the surface whenever we hear something that doesn’t fit into our own personal black-and-white idea of the world? Why do we have such intense feelings about often arbitrary ideas? Is it that someone else’s opinion somehow offends our sense of self? I’m at a loss to explain it, but I do know that the so-called Oxford comma is one such debate that gets the blood boiling!    Read the rest of this entry »