Subject: Re: CVS commit: basesrc/bin/ps
To: Geoff Wing <>
From: Todd Vierling <>
List: source-changes
Date: 04/24/2002 10:49:49
On Wed, 24 Apr 2002, Geoff Wing wrote:

: : "a, b, c, and d", not "a, b, c and d".
: I don't know how to put this politely, but is this just a wank or what?
: I've been using English v7.2 for decades.  Why did we need this upgrade
: to Englysh v8.0?

The serial comma construct (with the comma after every entry in the list,
including just before "and"), is the recommended usage in academia for a
century or more.

From Strunk's time-tested "Elements of Style", 1st ed.[!], 1918:

Other examples of academic and technical writing style guides:

Periodicals and some schoolteachers may omit or even recommend against using
the serial comma.  However, in technical writing, serial commas are
typically expected.


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