Oxford Comma dispute settled

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There’s joy and celebrations in the streets of Maine as their Oxford Comma dispute is settled. Even Microsoft Word approves the new law!  The missing comma only cost $5 million plus legal fees.

A quick follow up to our 2017 story about a legal dispute around the lack of an Oxford Comma.

The two parties have now settled their troubles, costing about $5 million.

Meantime the Maine legislature has fixed the originally, poorly punctuated, law which caused the problem in the first place.  Their solution was to go crazy with the semi-colon key.

Maine Title 26 Section 664, 3 F as rendered in MS Word.

The law now uses eight semi-colons in the paragraph instead of the previous seven commas.   You could argue that the new wording is an abuse of the semi-colon but at least it’s clear for lawyers and judges.

The most important question is … does Microsoft approve the new phrasing?  Yes!  Microsoft Word doesn’t have a single complaint, as you can see from the above image.

I’m sure the good people of Maine are relieved <g>.



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