I concur with Michael, in that the serial comma it is sometimes necessary
but regardless, it is never harmful.  I use the serial comma by default,
unless the 'and' is part of a singular grouping such as "Bath and Wells" or
"Marks and Spencer", or some such.


On Tue, Jan 8, 2019 at 4:47 AM Michael Lewis <mlewi...@optusnet.com.au>

> Ah. But it is necessary *sometimes*. The basis of the Oxford style is that
> including it is sometimes necessary but never harmful. Its consistent
> omission is often predicated on the quite false assumption that it does the
> same job as "and" so need never be used alongside it. But "and" is purely
> conjunctive whereas the comma can also be disjunctive.
> - Michael Lewis

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