Are you a user of the oxford comma?

like if you needed to write a grocery list for three things would you write

eggs, milk and bread (no oxford comma)

or

eggs, milk, and bread (oxford comma)

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  • I’m a visual person when I write, so I’ll use or omit it depending on how it looks to the eyes. It’s not consistent.

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  • I have two modes. Either use punctuation and make my English teacher proud. Or I can't fucking be bothered don't be a word nazi.

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  • I use the Oxford comma. A while ago, YouTube recommended me a video that had a title implying that the Oxford comma was the beginning of some sort of plot to ruin the English language. I really hope they were being sarcastic or satirical.

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    • well that’s an extreme reaction for them to have lol. i don’t use it myself but i definitely don’t think it’s a plot to take down the english language. i kinda wanna watch the video now and see why they thought that haha

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  • obviously,mothafucka. if it ain't oxford, it ain't right.
    if you was in da hood right now, and you ain't be rolling with da oxford crew, nigga yo ass would be ganked, ranked, and sank like a lil bitch. fahreal. that's what's up

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  • Yes, I do! Not with grocery lists (I just list them off bullet-point style), but in certain sentences.

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  • I grew up being taught what is now called the "oxford comma"

    Someone in the 1980's came up with a reduced punctuation form of English and decided that it was not necessary.

    When it comes to specific directions or legal issues.. It really does matter which way it is written.

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  • If it's important and someone else is gonna see it, definitely oxford

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  • It depends. If you start using multiple items (connected with an 'and') as a single item in a list, then it is necessary. For example, if you said "I ate some fruit, bread and butter, and cheese", then it'd be important to use the oxford comma. Otherwise if you wrote "I ate some fruit, bread and butter and cheese", then it wouldn't be clear what you mean. People might think that you had bread with butter and cheese on it, where as you really had the cheese separately. Using multiple items as a single item like that though should really be avoided if possible.

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  • Anyone who doesn't use an Oxford comma are as bad as programmers who leave a trailing comma after the last item in array

    [1,2,3,4,5,6,7,] vs. [1,2,3,4,5,6,7]

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    • ooo a fellow programmer! which languages do you know?

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      • TypeScript (if someone insists I use JavaScript, I'll fight them on it), C#, a little bit of PHP, SQL, some node.js and a lot of React. What about you?

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  • My lists are vertical and don't require commas. However if I was writing a paragraph and listing a few items like dogs, cats, and birds. I guess this is the oxford comma. In my head, if you don't use it, it looks like the last two are related. But I really don't care if someone uses it or not.

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  • No.

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  • Well, yes you'll be delighted to know that I am a user of it. Ughhh well... that's just all there is to say.

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  • punctuation is for suckers

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