Writing Tip Tuesday, No. 2

By SP Staff
Jun 11, 2019

For this second post in our new monthly series, Writing Tip Tuesday, we’ll discuss the Oxford comma, also known as the serial comma. As a publication of the arts, Studio Potter journal adheres to the Chicago Manual of Style, which states about this punctuation: “Chicago strongly recommends this widely practiced usage […] since it prevents ambiguity.” For example:
          "She posted pictures of her pots, the wheel, and the kiln."
By using the serial comma, we know that the author is referring to three separate pictures. If the serial comma is not used...
          "She posted pictures of her pots, the wheel and the kiln."
...it is unclear whether there are three pictures or two--the second possibly being of the wheel and kiln together. If, in fact, two pictures were posted, the sentence should use a second “and,” as follows:
          "She posted pictures of her pots, and the wheel and the kiln."
Check out this TED Ed video about the serial comma:

Thinking of writing for SP? Learn more at: https://studiopotter.org/about/write-sp, and don’t forget to consult your Chicago Manual as you write!

Recent News

Jan 8, 2020
Studio Potter journal is very pleased to announce that Jill Foote-Hutton is our new Editor.  About Jill Foote-Hutton

Born and raised by the descendants of hillbillies, Jill Foote-Hutton is an artist following in the tradition of medicine woman and storyteller through her creative... Read More

Share Share
Nov 12, 2019
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY UPDATE: As of December 10th, 2019, the call for applications is closed while the Board of Directors reviews the first round of applicants. 

Studio Potter (SP) is a monthly, online publication giving voice to the full spectrum of discussion and dialog within the ceramic... Read More

Share Share
Oct 23, 2019

It's a season of change for Studio Potter. Please give a warm welcome to the interim team, who will lead SP in the coming months as we search for a new editor (more to come on that soon). We wholeheartedly thank Elenor Wilson for her service as editor and wish her all the best.... Read More

Share Share