Oxford Comma

The mint is rousing incandescent ire

to prompt a famous writer’s Twitter shout,

with grammar nazis fuelling the fire,

because an Oxford comma’s been left out.

 

They’ve struck a coin to honour Brexit day

and that’s what all the brouhaha’s about;

‘cause many of these angry people say

the Oxford comma shouldn’t be left out.

 

There’s just as many say there is no need,

asserting that the phrase allows no doubt;

the meaning’s clear however you may read,

regardless that the Oxford comma’s out.

 

But in the end I ask who really cares,

it’s only 50P and matters nowt;

and in the end they’re only splitting hairs,

because an Oxford comma’s been left out.

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M.C. Newberry

Thu 30th Jan 2020 17:03

The interest lies between the target itself (coin or occasion?) and the
semantics of English grammar.
My own reference tends to go with continuation of content or
its divergence via use or absence of a comma. For example
1. Comma added>divergence of subject matter
He was gregarious, garrulous, and fond of backing horses.
2. Comma absent>continuation of subject matter
He was gregarious, garrulous and fond of gossip.
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penguin

Thu 30th Jan 2020 11:13

Enjoyed the poem. Maybe you could incorporate the relevant phrase, peace and prosperity or whatever tosh it is, for the unenlightened.

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Don Matthews

Thu 30th Jan 2020 04:35

I am a proud, yes proud I am
To live in Oxford Town
How dare the Royal British Mint
Let my compatriots down

They said tuff shit (gave us the flick)
We got no need for you
Despite us being specialists
In commas, use, how to


What's that?.....You've put Boris on the back again?.....

Serves you right.......

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