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The Oxford comma debate gets Maine drivers $5 million

The Oxford comma is probably the most divisive punctuation mark in the English language: academics root for it, journalists are torn over it, and the general public has some strong feelings about it.  And recently, Oakhurst Dairy settled a dispute for $5 million because a policy lacked an Oxford comma. [first date] Me: Do you use the Oxford comma? Date: The what? Me: Shrugs, eats, and leaves.
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