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Re: line adjustment at the end of a sentence


From: Joe Fineman
Subject: Re: line adjustment at the end of a sentence
Date: Sun, 14 Oct 2012 11:58:59 -0400
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address@hidden (David Combs) writes:

> Next subject:
>
> Is it:
>
>    a, b and c

Most people's natural punctuation; observed religiously in
journalism.

> or
>   a, b, and c  ?

A shibboleth.  Advised by all the tonier stylebooks, and required by
the tonier publishers, on both sides of the Atlantic.  As a
copyeditor, I have inserted many thousands of such commas.

The serial comma (Harvard comma, Oxford comma) has been controversial
for at least a century.  The name "Harvard comma" is usual among
journalists & probably harks back to the time when "Harvard" in such
circles connoted "rich intellectual snob".
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---  Joe Fineman    address@hidden

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