And so on:
- “The people I admire most are my parents, Pope Francis and Michelle Obama.”
- “When hiking through the woods, be on the lookout for edible plants, black-capped chickadees and banana slugs.”
- “I was thrilled to be on the same plane to Europe with my sisters, Jane Goodall and Ellen DeGeneres.”
- Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style recommend using the Oxford comma except in the names of businesses or firms: Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Smith, Inc.
- English writer and journalist Lynne Truss’s bestseller, Eat, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation, is clear on her view of the Oxford comma: use always!
- In her book, Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen, Mary Norris recognizes the occasional need for an Oxford comma, but asks, “Isn’t the and sufficient?” Incidentally, Norris does not care for the term “Oxford.” She feels that this highbrow term isn’t warranted: “Why not call it the Cornhuskers comma?” she asks.