The Oxford comma (aka the “serial comma”) is the comma before the conjunction introducing the last item in a series. It is usually considered optional, but don’t tell that to some people who insist on using it. They brag about it, as if they are some sort holier than though comma prophets.
Well, as if they needed anything more to go on and on and on and on and on about, a court in Maine awarded 75 dairy drivers $75 million dollars because an Oxford comma was missing from a state law.
“For want of a comma, we have this case,” Judge David Barron wrote in his decision. “… As it happens, there is no serial comma to be found in the exemption’s list of activities, thus leading to this dispute over whether the drivers fall within the exemption from the overtime law or not.”
You can read all about it at Missing Oxford comma changes court ruling – wistv.com – Columbia, South Carolina