‘Penultimate’ versus ‘Ultimate’

Here’s where people can show some real stupidity, but let me give some background first. I was just watching the World Baseball Classic on TV when an announcer, discussing the anniversary of outfielder Roberto Clemente’s elevation to the Hall of Fame in 1973, referred to him as “the penultimate Puerto Rican baseball player.” I’m sure he […]

The Oxford Comma

Let it be known that in modern American English usage, the so-called Oxford Comma (the last in a string and usually before the words and or or) is completely optional. You don’t need it. That being noted, here’s a court in Maine that ruled against a company for its not using the Oxford Comma. Absence […]