Get Posts by E-mail

WCYDWT: Serial Commas

The documentary was filmed over three years. Among those interviewed were his two ex-wives, Kris Kristofferson and Robert Duvall.

[via Jeff Weintraub]

2011 Sep 18: “We invited the strippers, JFK and Stalin.”

13 Responses to “WCYDWT: Serial Commas”

  1. on 25 Oct 2010 at 8:11 amChuck Jones

    No wonder he has so many sad songs in his repertoire!! Either one of those men would have offered a life of misery, but BOTH of them?? Sheesh…….

  2. on 25 Oct 2010 at 1:14 pmpaul thomas

    That is a great, great catch. Of course, if this lack of a serial comma were intentional, then I would say that I have even higher regard for Duvall as an actress than I had for him as an actor.

  3. on 25 Oct 2010 at 4:51 pmNumbat

    I think what’s at play here is the ill-informed “no comma before the word ‘and’ ”

    As teachers we should be careful about the large number of factually incorrect statements we make and force upon our students.

  4. on 25 Oct 2010 at 5:54 pmLloyd Christmas

    That’s why I give a f*** about the Oxford comma.

  5. on 25 Oct 2010 at 7:50 pmluke

    thank you.

    and you should add an ela tag. get it up to 8.

  6. on 25 Oct 2010 at 8:40 pmDan Meyer

    @Lloyd, reference caught.

    @Luke, done. Good call.

  7. on 26 Oct 2010 at 12:13 amvlorbik

    i’d like to thank my parents, ayn rand and god.

    –or so i’ve heard said. but maybe somebody
    just made that up. this one’s a keeper. ta.

  8. on 26 Oct 2010 at 8:56 amMary W.

    LOL, cannot stop laughing at the comments. Love your blog Dan. Congrats on T & L feature.

  9. on 26 Oct 2010 at 6:23 pmLaura

    Ha…I’m rolling, too! I LOVE this!

    My recent headache: wonder vs. wander. I think God is playing a joke on me, because I have literally seen people write “I’m wandering who will be next…” (etc.) about seven different times in the past week. AGH!

  10. on 27 Oct 2010 at 3:34 pmScott

    This reminds me of the book Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss. The book is an amazing hybrid between humor and grammar.

  11. on 27 Oct 2010 at 4:02 pmBrian

    So I think I need to raise a stink here. First off, I’m glad to see people seeing a NEED for proper punctuation, and I agree with Lloyd about the Oxford comma having its purpose in these situations (unless he’s going for a reference that’s beyond me, which is often the case). But there really should be no ambiguity here. If that were a colon, we’d have quite a mess on our hands. But as is, if we’re educated enough in our language, that should be clear as day. Then again, let’s just use the Oxford comma all the time and not have to worry about this.

  12. on 04 Nov 2010 at 8:41 amClimeGuy

    The TEAL guys would be interested in this. Where’s the typo?

  13. on 20 Dec 2010 at 6:38 pmWCYDWT English? « Bionic Teaching

    […] the serial comma artifact that was posted on Dan’s site a while back. I ended up at Wikipedia pondering a way to make […]