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Ambiguity with and without the serial comma - Queue
November 29th, 2007
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Ambiguity with and without the serial comma
Ambiguity when not using the serial comma:
The author would like to thank her parents, Sinéad O'Connor and President Bush.
Ambiguity when using the serial comma:
The author would like to thank her mother, Sinéad O'Connor, and President Bush.
These are from the Wikipedia Manual of Style. I've never had examples at my fingertips when I've needed them in the past. Now maybe Sinéad and Bush will help me remember.

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From:rikchik
Date:November 29th, 2007 08:03 pm (UTC)
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I've traditionally seen that as "my parents, God and Ayn Rand". I wonder how often it changes in Wikipedia.
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From:prog
Date:November 29th, 2007 08:08 pm (UTC)
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Another example I know from tahnan messes you up no matter your serial comma preferences: my parents, Laurel and Hardy, and God.
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From:ebourland
Date:November 30th, 2007 01:01 am (UTC)
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Good points.
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