I never used to give a fuck about an Oxford comma, not even after playing Vampire Weekend’s first album over and over and over.
I became somewhat aware of the Oxford comma’s helpfulness, but didn’t really feel compelled to defend it like some people do. Then I spied this headline on the Politico website about fifteen minutes ago:
How Harry Reid, a Terrorist Interrogator and the Singer From Blink-182 Took UFOs Mainstream
I’d just skimmed a Guardian piece on Reid and UFOs, so I thought to myself, Okay, yes. Harry Reid! Wait: did he interrogate terrorists at some point? Or is the lead singer of Blink-182 a former terrorist interrogator who is also named Harry Reid?
Then I realized: Oh! They’re talking about three people there, not just one who wears many hats.
If this isn’t best defense of the Oxford comma I have no idea what would be better.
I claim no opinions on UFOs. Sorry.
But I do like this somewhat Wes Anderson-y video that Vampire Weekend made for “Oxford Comma.”