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The Oxford Comma's Unlikely Origin

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Channel: Vox
Categories: English / Literature  
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Oxford commas are the world's most controversial punctuation mark — but where did they come from? Vox's Phil Edwards explored the history...

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The Oxford comma is a grammar geek's obsession, and it turns out to have an unusual history behind it. The mark got its start thanks to the advocacy of Herbert Spencer, a scientist/philosopher/generalist who believed it was more efficient and clear. He also came up with the term survival of the fittest. This is how it happened...

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