Sometimes I wonder what the world is coming to. Vowels are being lost in the abyss of texting and social media, rappers are taking all kinds of liberty with consonant-symbol substitution and now the Oxford Comma “isn’t necessary?” WHAT MADNESS!
Of course, the Oxford Comma controversy isn’t new. I have been shaking my fist and insisting on its use since it all went down. My fourth graders can’t seem to figure out how to write coherent sentences most of the time but they CAN tell you the exact definition of the OC and how to explain to people why it’s necessary. They even know that it’s not ‘technically’ a rule anymore. Last week during benchmark testing, several raised their hand to inquire whether or not they should be correcting for this controversial comma. It’s those moments that leave me beaming with nerd pride and let me know I’m doing my job. They may continue to spyl wrods whith byzare creetvy, but by God, those kids will ALWAYS put in an Oxford Comma.
Slate posted the following photo on their website with the title: A Case For The Oxford Comma In One Screenshot. I giggled for as long as appropriate for a grammar nerd. Well done, Slate.