Over at the Log, Geoff Pullum provides an excellent example, from The Economist (April 4, p. 11), of why the "comma-heavy" style (with the "Oxford comma" before and and commas after introductory phrases) is preferable:Traders and fund managers got huge rewards for speculating with other people's money, but when they failed the parent company, the client and ultimately the taxpayer had to pay the bill.
What the hell? Is the sky still blue? As a general rule, do not use the serial/Oxford comma: so write 'a, b and c' not 'a, b, and c'. But when a comma would assist in the meaning of the sentence or helps to resolve ambiguity, it can... Read Post
CONFESSION: I've never cared that much about the Oxford comma. Some people call this the Harvard comma, or the serial comma, but what nobody seems to do is be indifferent to its use. This, red, white and blue does not have the Oxfor... Read Post