1. I hope you’ve stored a surplus of Oxford commas in upstream storage for the long dry summer ahead.

  2. I also found the Oxford comma a totally surprising perk of leaving newspapers and magazines. I’d been trained to disdain them as unnecessary. The other day, a student asked me to explain the controversy in class, and I found myself giving equal weight to the pros and cons, and — heresy for a journalism instructor — advising that it’s okay to love the Oxford comma. As the copy editor wrote in The New Yorker the other day, the Country-and-Western singer was joined onstage by his two ex-wives, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings.

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