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Court fight over Oxford commas and asyndetic lists

Language Log often weighs in when courts try to nail down the meaning of a statute. Laws are written in natural language—though one might long, by formalization, to end the thousand natural ambiguities that text is heir to—and thus judges are forced to play linguist. Any disambiguation puzzle requires a reader to weigh competing factors. Happily, this week's "case in […]
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Humor : Kottke.org

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US Politics / Conservative : Instapundit

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“The Oxford Comma Case Proves We Need New Employment Laws, Not Better Grammar”

Industries / Law : Overlawyered

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