The 10 Million Dollar Comma

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  1. JZL

    JZL Ministry of Whack

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    http://abcnews.go.com/Weird/wireStory/court-decision-dairy-drivers-lawsuit-hung-comma-46204469

    Or rather, the $10mil missing comma:

    It all came down to a missing comma, and not just any one. And it's reignited a longstanding debate over whether the punctuation is necessary.
    A federal appeals court decided this week to keep alive a lawsuit by dairy drivers seeking more than $10 million in an overtime pay dispute.
    It concerned Maine's overtime law, which doesn't apply to the "canning, processing, preserving, freezing, drying, marketing, storing, packing for shipment or distribution of" foods.
    There's no Oxford, or serial, comma in the "packing for shipment or distribution" part. The drivers said the words referred to the single activity of packing, which the drivers don't do. The defendant, Oakhurst Dairy, said the words referenced two different activities and drivers fall within the exemption.
    Circuit Judge David Barron wrote: "For want of a comma, we have this case."
    Though I think, the comma is often, overused, I favor the use of, the serial comma. This case, is a good argument, for it. :mad::confused::eek:
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    I guess I'll be like everyone else and just stop posting altogether. Adios.
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    WTF? I was just stating that there are more important things. Your shit is why there why there's nothing here.