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Why I still use the Oxford comma.
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I quote Vampire Weekend when I say, "who gives a fuck about the Oxford Comma?"
 
I didn't know that we were allowed to not use the Oxford comma. :D
 
iit's like a software code: if egg, then toast else juice............
 
Amen, Brother! I have always used the oxford comma for that very reason.
 
If English didn´t have such a sloppy grammar we wouldn´t have had to learn formal programming languages. Remember lisp?

That we were even encouraged to write pseudo code in English is a miracle. Do it in German and you are free of all bugs, however your code will be twice the size :)
 
What a misleading example. 
 
I always thought if they go together; juice, eggs and bacon then no comma needed, but if they are distinct and can stand alone then insert comma.
 
I dedicate the Oxford comma to my parents, JRR Tolkien and Jane Austen. 
 
While this is funny, unfortunately it's not quite as simple as "always use the Oxford comma". The book dedication examples on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serial_comma illustrate this well:

"To my mother, Ayn Rand, and God" can be interpreted as a list of 3 people (1, my mother; 2, Ayn Rand; 3, God) or a list of 2 people (1, my mother, who is Ayn Rand; 2, God). Removing the Oxford comma makes this dedication much clearer: "To my mother, Ayn Rand and God".

However, if the attribution were to the author's parents instead of the author's mother, the sentence becomes "To my parents, Ayn Rand and God" which can be interpreted as a list of 4 people (1 and 2, my parents; 3, Ayn Rand; 4, God) or a list of 2 people (my parents, who are Ayn Rand and God). In this case, using the Oxford comma makes this dedication much clearer: "To my parents, Ayn Rand, and God".

All in all, it's just one big pile of fail and the style guides can't even agree on whether to support or oppose its usage.
 
I would like to thank the above commentator, Kevin, and the originally poster for helping illuminating these issues.

/wicked grin/
 
What does it matter? In the end, the breakfast will all come out the same at the other end! ;)
 
I had no idea it was called the oxford comma nor that people didn't use it. Learn something new everyday.
 
In the UK the comma almost disappeared from informal written language much to my dismay.
 
Comma is primarily used to communicate the structure of the sentence, i.e. what are the author of the sentence trying to communicate. As Kevin made it clear it is not as simple using one or the other exclusively. In the OP it doesn't matter at all, it's clear to all readers what the author had for breakfast. So use what makes sentence unambiguous, if both can be used pick one, but do yourself and your readers a favour and be consistent.
 
I edit for clarity. The default Oxford comma makes it clear when I think my parents are ayn rand and god 
 
I just added everyone on this thread to my #TeamOxfordComma circle ;p
 
Thurber was once asked by a correspondent: “Why did you have a comma in the sentence, ‘After dinner, the men went into the living room’?” And his answer was probably one of the loveliest things ever said about punctuation. “This particular comma,” Thurber explained, “was [_New Yorker_ editor] Ross’s way of giving the men time to push back their chairs and stand up.”

But see the Oxford comma discussion in the first few paragraphs of
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/article838138.ece
 
Agreed. The only instance I don't use it is at work, which for some reason, my industry isn't into them. :/
 
If I interpret wiki right, you shouldn't use it? #oxfordcomma http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serial_comma
You don't use it in Dutch either:
"Item1, item2 and item3" - meaning 1, 2, 3 NOT 1, (2 and 3)
 
Yes!!! A shining example. This is exactly why I use it, too.
Jay Cee
 
..I love the Oxford comma.
 
I'm with Susan, I was always taught in a list you didn't use the comma on the last thing in the list. That the "and" was all you needed. Then I got to college and a professor basically told us it really didn't matter either way but that it mostly was a matter of spacing and what gave a better flow to the sentence...curse you American English and your floppy grammar rules...
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