The Serial (Oxford) Comma

The comma before the “and” is there for a reason; it even has a name: serial comma. Here is proof that it is necessary.

WRONG: I would like to thank my parents, President Obama and Lady Gaga.

RIGHT: I would like to thank my parents, President Obama, and Lady Gaga.

I think this example clears up any lingering doubts about the serial comma’s role in nuance of expression, don’t you? And I imagine that President Obama and Lady Gaga would agree.

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