To make cookies you need: eggs, butter, sugar, sugar, different sugar, more sugar, and/or comma and soul.
I was involved in heated discussion with two co-workers today on the use of the oxford comma in legal writing. Tonight I was interested in exploring this topic, and settling the score, once and for all. <——see what I did.
When do we comma in legal writing??
Heh, heh, and heh
After reviewing numerous sites and reading many articles on this topic, it seems to be pretty cut and dry:
In legal writing:
Creativity and rhythm is not the priority.
Clarity is the priority.
Therefor, WHEN IN DOUBT, use commas. Personally, I think most of the time I don’t use a comma before and. It is redundant and bad style. Regardless, I respect those who are concerned with using this comma before an and. Personally, I’m generally so focused on content when reading, I don’t really have time to be noticing commas or lack thereof.
Conclusion: USE IT in legal writing, especially where clarity and logical separation is an issue.
- (1) The The New York Times Manual of Style and Usage says you don’t need it, but
- (2) the The Chicago Manual of Style says you do, and
- (3) i just like lists.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep.-Robert Frost
The woods are lovely, dark, and deep.-Lawyer