Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Wednesday Wordage--in praise of the Oxford Comma

From a New York Times article about performance-enhancing drugs, post-Armstrong, on the dangers of steroids: 
Higher doses increase the odds of damage to the heart, mood shifts, reduced sperm counts and masculinization in women.
I think that too many editors have been engaged in a jihad against commas.  If you want an orthographic/grammatical shock, read the New York Times, and then a page of Pride and Prejudice.
 Unrelated, except perhaps as a plea for intellectual honesty:  a radio program yesterday noted the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade.  They featured an anti-abortion activist who felt it was immoral to perform abortions after a certain period of gestation, because the developing fetus "had a heartbeat and could feel pain."  I sincerely hope--but also doubt--that this activist was an ardent vegetarian.   

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