Why it is vitally necessary to prevent the extinction of the final serial comma
The documentary was filmed over three years. Among those interviewed were his two ex-wives, Kris Kristofferson and Robert Duvall.Were Merle & Kris & Robert ever actually married? Somehow, I doubt it. My guess is that the passage in question should have read:
Among those interviewed were his two ex-wives, Kris Kristofferson, and Robert Duvall.Can anyone think of a good reason to leave out that last comma in a series? I can't. In fact, the practice has always irritated me. It belongs in the historical dustbin of English usage.
Yours for logical punctuation,