Major Oxford Comma Controversy

Iconic author of His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman, has weighed in on the new design for Britain’s post-Brexit 50p coin (pictured above). Sure, it’s not the font I would use, but it’s a nice… wait a second.

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You all know how strongly I feel about the Oxford comma. It should be there. It should always, always be there. And apparently I’m not the only one who thinks so. Philip Pullman has authored seven best sellers, is ranked one of the best British authors of the past fifty years, and has an actual knighthood. I’m in good company.

 

Now I’m not sure how boycotting 50p would work, practically, but no one ever uses 50c coins, so it is possible.

I’m not getting over it. It’s a list! It may not be the eggs, toast, and orange juice problem, but it’s still a list, so it’s still wrong.

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And I honestly, honestly wish that I thought this was deliberate. But I don’t. Until some memos are released saying they talked about this, I’m offended, and I’m bothered. Why put such a long slogan at all? Just say something about unity. Or use Latin. Latin, periods between each word. Or go classic, motto style. Peace our goal est.

 

It’s not the first time Pullman has tweeted something controversial about British culture and politics. I might be the only one who’s jumped on this one this way,


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