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Why does the Oxford Comma exist?

June 30, 2019, 5:09 p.m. -- Latest version
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The Oxford Comma was first used by F. H. Collins in England in the early 1900s. He used the comma because it made his lists easier to read and understand, thus conveying his meaning more clearly. The usage of the Oxford Comma was adopted by Herbert Spencer and other gentlemen England as the proper way to list words, and from there became enshrined in formal style guides. Use of the comma is still hotly debated, however, particularly in American English, and use of the Oxford Comma is considered optional under most circumstances.

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