Calling all lazy comma-omitters

“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?

  • under-achievers
  • procrastinators
  • 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.

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