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Eggs, Toast, and Orange Juice Illustrate Why You Should Use the Serial Comma

01.24.2012

As I’ve stated previously, I am a staunch believer in the serial (Oxford) comma. Apparently, so are many of our readers, as evidenced by the lively response to the Strippers, JFK, and Stalin.

In July of 2011, this image circulated on the internet as proof that the Oxford comma is necessary. The illustration states that without the Oxford comma, the sentence “I had eggs, toast and orange juice” suggests that the toast and orange juice were served together. However, to actually imply that the toast and orange juice were combined into a single food entity, you would, at the very least, need to phrase the sentence as such: “I had eggs and toast and orange juice.”

However, thanks to a few added doodles, the meme has suddenly gained new life — as well as added effectiveness in making its argument in support of the serial comma:

I had eggs, toast and orange juiceIn closing, I’d like to dedicate this blog post to my two ex-wives, Kris Kristofferson and Robert Duvall.

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  • Naomi

    LOL I see what you did there! Leaving out the comma makes it look like you mean that Kris Kristofferson and Robert Duvall are your ex wives! OH HO HO! ;)