In re the alleged serial killer in Oxford

Quoth the Czar:

With any luck, Confucius* will write in with some of his copious collection of pet peeves in writing. 

Don’t get me started. But here’s one: One pet peeve is people who fail to realize that the Oxford comma and the serial comma (not to mention the Harvard comma) are the same thing.

One kids the Czar. It is, however, Cambridge, not to mention the New York Times, who as a rule omit the serial/Oxford/Harvard comma.

The Chicago Manual of Style, being the grammatical authority geographically closest to Muscovy, is also firmly pro-serial comma (anti-serial killing?), which won’t warm the cockles of the Czar’s icy black heart, but could save some editors’ heads at the UC Press.

Literally.

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