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The Oxford comma, or serial comma is the use of a comma in a list after the penultimate member of that list, just before the co-ordinating conjunctions "and", or "or".

For example: "apples, bananas, and cherries."

It is traditionally used by the publisher Oxford University Press (OUP).

In theory, it's possible to construct silly ambiguous sentences without using the Oxford comma. In practice however, most writers manage to avoid this.

Most people tend not to favour the Oxford comma. Others are big fans. Whichever side of the fence you come down on, the best thing is usually consistency. It's an example of the sort of linguistic aspect that native English speakers have pointless arguments about.