11. april Commas can save lives and money
Posted at 10:39h in UncategorizedIn August last year, Allegro published a blog about how correct use of punctuation can save your life. This month, Allegro will also demonstrate how sensible use of commas can save money. Millions, in fact. The case concerns the Oxford comma, also known as the serial comma. This is an optional comma used before the word ‘and’ at the end of a list, e.g. for breakfast today, I had toast, fruit, and yoghurt. In this example, the Oxford comma is redundant, since we automatically assume that fruit and yoghurt are two separate things. In other cases, though, it is definitely worth considering. The Oxford comma is more commonly used in the USA, and apparently for good reason. In Maine, USA, a dispute solely resting on the use of the Oxford comma was recently settled for the amount of 5 million dollars.