I recently did a presentation at work that included talk about the Oxford Comma. In the presentation, I included some memes to make the presentation a little bit funny, and because funny helps people learn.
In my quest for memes I came across this… thing:
Let’s talk about this meme. This is just WRONG.
First, the phrase “church representative” does not need to be capitalized. People love to capitalize random things, but if you’re going to make a grammar meme, you should totally do it right, don’t you think?
Now, let’s get to the meat of the theme, the use of the Oxford Comma. In no way, shape, or form is this meme a good example of when to use the Oxford Comma (OC), nor is it a good example of why one should not use the OC. The “church representative” is not one of the “things” in the list, so this list does not consist of a serial list, which is three or more items. Here’s the
a comma used after the penultimate item in a list of three or more items, before ‘and’ or ‘or’ (e.g. an Italian painter, sculptor, and architect ).
We invited the Church Representative, Raymond Teller and Penn Jillette.
We invited the church representative, Raymond Teller and Penn Jillette.
We invited the church representatives, Raymond Teller and Penn Jillette.
We invited the church representatives, Penn Jillette and Raymond Teller.