Writing Tips 7


This is the last one from my Bank of America days. Maybe I’ll go back to using the funnies!

The Oxford comma

The rule: When you have a list of three or more things, put a comma before the conjunction. Common conjunctions:

  • And
  • Or
  • And also/even
  • As well as


  • Trains, planes, and automobiles
  • She not only likes red, blue, and green, but also chartreuse
  • Would you like the steak, the fish, or the cauliflower?


  • Highlights of his global tour include encounters with Nelson Mandela, an 800 year-old demigod and a dildo collector” [Do the encounters include one person or three?]  —quote from The Times


  • If you don’t use the Oxford comma, sometimes you can be misunderstood
  • If you use the Oxford comma, you will never be misunderstood

You may also like

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. Accept Read More