For your delectation: the Oxford comma, a cartoon, two strippers, JFK, and Stalin

by Stephen Tall on September 19, 2011

I’ve blogged before about the usefulness of the Oxford comma in avoiding inadvertent confusion. But sometimes a picture is worth many words, as this cartoon by ÆFerg shows:


(Hat-tip: this tweet from @Peterc.)

And there is glorious comments thread here for those who relish grammar pedantry that only teh Internets can unleash.

32 comments

New post: For your delectation: the Oxford comma, a cartoon, two strippers, JFK, and Stalin http://t.co/6Mewf96L

by Stephen Tall on September 19, 2011 at 8:47 am. Reply #

For your delectation: the Oxford comma, a cartoon, two strippers … http://t.co/LpkfjL6K

by 1mattcartoon on September 19, 2011 at 10:16 am. Reply #

For your delectation: the Oxford comma, a cartoon, two strippers … http://t.co/gB502gKj

by 1mattcartoon on September 19, 2011 at 10:17 am. Reply #

New post: For your delectation: the Oxford comma, a cartoon, two strippers, JFK, and Stalin http://t.co/6Mewf96L

by Mark Clay on September 19, 2011 at 11:12 am. Reply #

@pansons Speaking of words and stuff, you saw this right? Call me pro-Oxford comma.
http://t.co/Y4ehSiO5

by Roberta on September 19, 2011 at 8:38 pm. Reply #

RT @stephentall: For your delectation: the Oxford comma, a cartoon, two strippers, JFK, http://t.co/d27fqWcS

by benbyben on September 20, 2011 at 5:21 pm. Reply #

Grammar check RT @stephentall: For your delectation: the Oxford comma, a cartoon, two strippers, JFK, and Stalin http://t.co/HhoxgmmG

by Jayne Nucete on September 22, 2011 at 3:53 pm. Reply #

The Oxford Comma http://t.co/mkjfPcLj

by UCA Writing Center on September 23, 2011 at 5:42 pm. Reply #

Is it really too much to ask to link to the original image source?
http://aeferg.tumblr.com/post/10290286196/grammar-is-important-kids-credit-for-original

by Adelai on September 24, 2011 at 5:41 pm. Reply #

Thanks Adelai – link added, and very happy to do so (I’d not come across the original, so delighted to be able to credit the clearly very talented ÆFerg!).

by Stephen Tall on September 24, 2011 at 5:54 pm. Reply #

Ill never mis-use the Oxford comma again, thanks to naked Stalin. http://t.co/WBslmvnu

by Sophie Walker on September 28, 2011 at 10:35 am. Reply #

140 characters can't begin to describe the holes in this argument RT @JDCarrera: @sethmontague Some would disagree. :P http://t.co/MOdO11CZ

by Seth Montague on September 28, 2011 at 5:44 pm. Reply #

@snowcrashmike @write_girl @uwstratford @_myles Bring on the strippers, JFK and Stalin! http://t.co/PKiigg01

by Dawn Keenan on October 5, 2011 at 5:36 pm. Reply #

RT @stephentall: For your delectation: the Oxford comma, a cartoon, two strippers, JFK, and Stalin http://t.co/WhSQzU27

by Mark Platt on October 17, 2011 at 1:09 pm. Reply #

RT @stephentall: For your delectation: the Oxford comma, a cartoon, two strippers, JFK, and Stalin http://t.co/zx1ZZZmh

by vivharris on October 24, 2011 at 6:02 am. Reply #

@LBWicket you've probably seen this before but the on usefulness of the Oxford Comma with jfk and stalin http://t.co/xHzikurr

by JohnRobertson on October 27, 2011 at 1:56 pm. Reply #

@LBWicket you've probably seen this before but the on usefulness of the Oxford Comma with jfk and stalin http://t.co/xHzikurr

by Phil Barker on October 27, 2011 at 5:59 pm. Reply #

@anastasiagreene @jamesrunkle A cautionary tale, to be sure, but this will always be my favorite: http://t.co/WIxG6G4b

by Hope Coppinger on February 22, 2012 at 12:08 am. Reply #

Love this pic. Big supporter of the "oxford comma". Life just doesnt make sense without it =] http://t.co/UvQfOXuc via @stephentall

by Teresa Barnes on April 11, 2012 at 1:24 am. Reply #

Love this pic. Big supporter of the "oxford comma". Life just doesnt make sense without it =] http://t.co/UvQfOXuc via @stephentall

by Jeffrey Waggoner on April 11, 2012 at 1:25 am. Reply #

in defense of the Oxford comma: a cartoon, two strippers, JFK, and Stalin | http://t.co/xkJrHfC2 http://t.co/K5eA910v

by Christian Caryl on April 27, 2012 at 1:24 pm. Reply #

RT @stephentall: For your delectation: the Oxford comma, a cartoon, two strippers, JFK, and Stalin http://t.co/nKfsPatU

by claudia handel on August 10, 2012 at 8:34 pm. Reply #

Via @stephentall: An illustration that will (hopefully) forever help you remember how to use the Oxford comma correctly http://t.co/6LxeAgRL

by Natasha D'Souza on August 24, 2012 at 8:44 pm. Reply #

@NinjaFreewheels And my favorite: the Oxford comma, a cartoon, two strippers, JFK, and Stalin http://t.co/WD62XpQF

by bartsch on October 26, 2012 at 7:54 pm. Reply #

Currently reading: For your delectation: the Oxford comma, a cartoon, two strippers, JFK, and Stalin http://t.co/Iiv7escE

by Corbin Haverlah on November 12, 2012 at 3:55 am. Reply #

Currently reading: For your delectation: the Oxford comma, a cartoon, two strippers, JFK, and Stalin http://t.co/Iiv7escE

by ?Desney Chantel? on November 12, 2012 at 3:58 am. Reply #

Oxford comma….

by Yoshinori Tomoyasu on November 18, 2012 at 10:09 pm. Reply #

If you write it "jfk, stalin and strippers" you still don't need the stupid oxford comma.

by Langel Bookbinder on November 30, 2012 at 2:27 am. Reply #

What you mean is people will PROBABLY figure out the meaning of the sentence. With the second comma, there is no chance of confusion.

Stop dissin' the O.C.!

by Al Megas on August 14, 2013 at 5:36 pm. Reply #

[...] P.S.  Check out a slightly NSFW graphic about this here. [...]

by The Awesomeness of the Oxford Comma | Novel Conclusions on September 3, 2013 at 5:55 am. Reply #

Who gives a fuck about an Oxford comma?

by Will Schultze on October 1, 2013 at 2:03 pm. Reply #

[…] Why Stalin makes a terrible stripper: http://stephentall.org/2011/09/19/oxford-comma/ […]

by Odd Language #34: Other People’s Comma Thoughts | Gene Wirchenko's Blog on February 5, 2014 at 8:41 pm. Reply #

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