“The Boerne 0.5K is a bite-sized race for under-achievers, procrastinators and the outright lazy.”
Okay, which is this?
Is it a bite-sized race for a list of 3?
- and the outright lazy?
Or is it a bite-sized race for under-achievers, who are comprised of procrastinators and the outright lazy?
That missing comma — the “Oxford comma” — leaves us pondering.
When you have a series of 3 nouns, leaving out the Oxford comma suggests that the first item in the series is the category, and the other 2 items in the series are the components of the category.
What this determines for us, then, is this: Those who omit the Oxford comma are outright lazy under-achievers.