serial comma

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Particularly: “Especially, when was it first used, presumably more recent than "Oxford comma"? Do we know who coined it?”


  • The primary colours in painting are red, yellow, and blue.
  • Two of his ex-girlfriends, Joanna, and Rachel all showed up to the party.
  • Package may contain a lithium-ion, nickel-cadmium, or sealed lead battery.
  • Confucius taught four things: culture, conduct, loyalty, and faith.[1]

serial comma (plural serial commas)

  1. A comma preceding the final conjunction in a list of three or more items, especially to provide clarity.
    Synonyms: Harvard comma (US), Oxford comma (UK, US)


Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ Thomas Cleary, The Essential Confucius. New York, NY: Harper Collins, 1998. (p. 61)