That Pesky Oxford Comma

The Oxford Comma

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First off, I’m not going to explain what the Oxford comma is. You should know. But honestly, it’s because I’m writing this post immediately after getting off work and I have a limited amount of time before my usual posting time. So…I’m rushing.

Anyway, when I was in school (I’m talking during the elementary years) I remember specifically being taught to use the Oxford comma. Always. And during middle and high school, and also in college I used it in every essay I ever wrote. Never once was I corrected. But if you just read enough blog posts you’ll find that a lot of people don’t use it. From every part of the world.

I’ve read that it is used much less in the UK than it is in America. And I really have no idea why that is. All I know is that I’ve always and will continue to use it. Until I’m given a very credible source telling me not to.

Do you have any secret knowledge about it? Do share.

Can we Stop Saying Grammar Nazi?

I’m sure some people will think this is a joke…it’s not. I’m being quite serious.

Is there any context in which we call someone a Nazi? Besides of course, when speaking of Nazi Germany. I don’t know about you, but when I see or hear the word “Nazi” I’m not thinking anything positive. I’m thinking Holocaust. I’m thinking World War II. I’m thinking Hitler. What I’m not thinking about is someone who uses proper grammar and points out your mistakes when you make them.

Quite frankly, I find it ridiculous that this is a widely used term. So what if you’re annoyed when someone corrects you? So what if this so-called “Grammar Nazi” is a bit of a jerk correcting every mistake they come across? I’m still not understanding the use of the word “Nazi.” Would you label your high school English teacher as such after she returns your essay full of red ink? No. You wouldn’t.

No one wants to read something littered with grammar mistakes. And if enough people read the same mistakes over and over again, then someone is bound to speak up. I don’t think that person should be labeled anything. Even if this person makes it habit of correcting the grammar of others. So what.

Tell me something, how do you text? I’m talking about text messages that you send to other people. Because I know how you write your blog posts. You likely write the post. Then reread it at least once more just to make sure you catch all of your first draft mistakes before you hit publish. Do you do the same with texts? I do. Just a quick reread to make sure I’m making sense. I mean, I can’t be the only person annoyed by people who send messages like this: “Hey is it kool if i take ur car to work 2day” Yes, I know at least one person who texts like this. And no, I don’t text her. Ever. That little sample message goes beyond grammar, but I’ve found that people who spell everything out use proper grammar and those who don’t, text like that.

I enjoy reading articles, blog posts, and text messages that use proper grammar. And so do you. So let’s stop calling people Grammar Nazis. It’s rather easy.

Feel free to laugh at this post. I really don’t care.