Bulwark Against Barbarianism?

I support the Oxford Comma. Some of you are giving me a virtual fist-bump. Others are rolling their eyes. Some of you are shrugging your shoulders and going back to web-surfing.

I’m not alone in my appreciation for the “serial comma.” The New Yorker’s celebrated copy editor, Mary Norris, wrote just last week that “it is a copy editor’s duty to deploy the serial comma, along with lots of other lip-smacking bits of punctuation, as a bulwark against barbarianism.”

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