The Oxford Comma – A Guest Post

In the English language, most grammar is pretty set in stone. From a young age kids are taught the rights and wrongs, even if they choose to ignore it in their everyday online conversations.
But there is one grammar rule that’s open to opinion: the Oxford comma.

There are two groups of people: those who adamantly use it, and those who don’t. Somehow, I fall into the mysterious third group: those who don’t really care either way.

What is the Oxford comma? It’s the comma that comes before the last thing in a list. Example: “I went to the store to buy apples, grapes, cookies, and pasta.” I could write the sentence without that last comma like: “I went to the store to buy apples, grapes, cookies and pasta.” and it’d still make sense.

There’s a really interesting kid’s book called Eats Shoots And Leaves that highlights the importance of commas, but in more obvious ways. The Oxford comma isn’t all that obvious and that’s why its use isn’t mandatory.

That being said, there are some cases where its inclusion makes for easier comprehension. Take the following sentence for example:

“At the concert I saw my friends, Madonna and Taylor Swift.”

One reading this could technically assume that my friends ARE Madonna and Taylor Swift, when I was really just listing who I saw at the concert. But if an Oxford comma was there, there would be no confusion.

“At the concert I saw my friends, Madonna, and Taylor Swift.”

I know I said I don’t really care about its use but honestly, I don’t have a preference because I was never taught to. I’m very precise about my regular commas and I know how to use a semi-colon, which is more than I can say for my engineer father (seriously!), but I was taught about those in school and because I pursued writing, I’m more aware.

I do understand the Oxford comma’s function. Lately, I do try to include it in my writing, but it’ll take time to become as natural to me.

Do you use it? Do you find it important? Will you try to use it if you don’t?

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Looking for a fun blogging…

Looking for a fun blogging event to participate in? Try my Monthly Look Ahead! Here’s my June edition! https://coolbeans4.wordpress.com/2016/05/31/monthly-look-ahead-june-2016/

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A few months ago I…

A few months ago I asked you wonderful people to do a quick survey on TV for me, and I’m finally here with a results post, if you’re interested! https://coolbeans4.wordpress.com/2016/05/18/tv-methods-and-factors-survey-results/ Again, thanks to all who took the time to complete it!

So I’ve never really cared…

So I’ve never really cared for Shakespeare, but I see thanks to @piyushavir that it’s the 400th anniversary of his death, and that’s pretty cool. On Facebook I shared a video called Hard To Be The Bard and it’s a song from the Broadway musical Something Rotten, which is about Shakespeare and another story teller named Nick (played by Christian Borle and Brian D’arcy James, respectively, if that means anything to you). Give it a watch, it’s sure to get stuck in your head! https://www.facebook.com/coolbeans4/posts/1287026051326338

Also, I meant to share this earlier, but my latest post was about Unpopular Opinions. It’s fun to speak your truth! https://coolbeans4.wordpress.com/2016/04/19/unpopular-opinions/ Feedback or thoughts welcomed!

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My newest post is actually…

My newest post is actually a plea for your time, as I have a quick survey on TV that I have to do for a research project at school, so please check it out and fill in the survey if you watch any TV shows!
https://coolbeans4.wordpress.com/2016/03/28/please-take-my-tv-survey/

Have you guys ever tried…

Have you guys ever tried those clap lights? They seem cool, right? Fun, even? No. They’re awful. Let me tell you how it is: http://coolbeans4.wordpress.com/2016/03/16/clap-lights/

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Do you guys ever find…

Do you guys ever find that this follow button doesn’t work? Because often I’ll click it, see the green checkmark, then exit the site, but later won’t see it listed in my follow list. So I’ll go back to the site (by going through my brower’s history) and see that it’s completely unchecked again.
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Is this just me or…..?

Guest Post: 3 Mid-Season Shows You Need To Watch

Sit your butts down and grab your remotes because I’m here to tell you about three very different shows that are fresh to the TV scene but worth a watch!

The first is called Superstore. If you follow me on Twitter (which you should) then you would have seen me tweet a few times about this show. It’s great. It’s a comedy about a bunch of employees who work at a Walmart-like store called Cloud 9. It stars Ugly Betty‘s America Ferrera, Ben Feldman (who is easy on the eyes if ya know what I mean), and an array of other awesome characters.

As if the tagline hasn’t sold you already…

This show was created by Justin Spitzer who was also a writer on The Office, and you can tell as it has a very similar feel. Workplace comedies are great, and I think Superstore can do what The Office couldn’t in terms of relatability. Not everyone can relate to working in an office setting, never mind at a paper company, but so many people have worked in retail at some point, and we’ve all been shopping at the big department stores. Though there are other parallels to the Office, like Dina being essentially a female Dwight, but the show is still hilarious and I’m just glad there is still good humor out there.

This show has a lot potential. The characters are very likable and the humor is top-notch. I made my mother watch an episode with me and she was in tears from laughing so hard. Like I said, I think the department store setting is genius, and I can’t wait to see more customer interactions. I mean, PeopleOfWalmart.com exists for a reason! I also hope we get to know the other employees (not just the ones pictured above).

 

If you’re looking for a good comedy and enjoyed The Office, then Superstore is the show for you! It airs at 8 on Mondays on NBC (conflicting with Supergirl for me, weirdly enough), so give it a shot!


The second show is called The Magicians, and if you’re a Harry Potter fan then listen up. This show is based of a book series by Lev Grossman and its known for being a Harry Potter and Narnia knock off, and that is definitely translated in the show, but it’s still good. This show is about a nerdy, quiet boy named Quinten who finds his way to a secret magic school called Brakebills in a fantastical world with some real dangers. While this sounds really Potter-esque, the twist is that the students are adults doing their masters, so there’s an adult feel that is appreciated, especially since the Potter generation are all probably adults now.

I didn’t read the books, but I think I might, even though people don’t seem to adore them.

Considering that fantasy is such a popular book genre and Harry Potter has been such a success, I’m surprised that there aren’t more magic TV shows out there. That’s why I was drawn to The Magicians. I love the feel and the grittiness of it, and the magic world.

There’s an interesting parallel between the structured magic that Quinten and Alice are learning and the shady stuff that Quinten’s best friend Julia, who doesn’t get into the school, is doing. And this show has set up some very neat plot twists. That being said, I do think there needs to be more of an explanation as to how this magical world exists and what its limits are and how it works. Perhaps that’s made more clear in the books…

And speaking of the books, apparently there are some significant differences. For one, they’re going from high school to post-grad and Julia is barely a character until later on in the books. Also, Quinten is supposedly really unlikeable in the books, and while I can’t say I love him so far, he’s not that bad. I hope he doesn’t become intolerable because he’s the main character.

The Magicians is the Harry Potter/Narnia adult series you didn’t know you needed in your life, and I’m excited to see where it goes. If sci-fi and magic is up your alley then watch this show!


The last show I’mma mention is not as overlooked as the others. It’s called Legends Of Tomorrow and if you’re a fan of The Flash and Arrow, both DC shows, then you know what this is. But if you don’t, it’s the crossover between the two shows. Side characters from both are taken and are put on a time-travelling team that aims to kill Vandal Savage, an immortal Arrow villain.

At first, I wasn’t going to watch. I don’t watch Arrow, and didn’t really care for any of these characters, even the ones from The Flash. But I read some reviews and decided that I was probably inevitably going to watch it, so I gave it a go, and was pleasantly surprised. The large ensemble cast with a mix of heroes and villains makes for a dynamic team, and I do like teams.

The very interesting characters interacting is very amusing, and look forward to seeing mini-teams form within the main team. I also am excited to watch these guys go about on their hunt across time, as time is such a complicated thing. This show also seems to be a good mix of Arrow‘s darker tones and The Flash‘s lighter ones, which I appreciate.

 

I do worry about how long this show can go on just chasing the one guy, but I have faith in DC TV.


Ideally I’d love you y’all to try all these shows. They vary in genre so much that I’m sure at least one of them appeals to you a bit, so give it a go! And since they just started last month, there’s not a lot to catch up on!

What other mid-season shows are you enjoying?

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Is the iOS WordPress app…

Is the iOS WordPress app working for anyone? There was an update this morning but after I updated it, the app keeps crashing when I try to open it. Anyone having troubles too?

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How do I make my slideshow smaller?

It’s page width now, but I want it smaller.
I can get the images smaller, but the grey box around it is still huge…

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