However, the lack of a comma after prosperity has been criticised by, among others, ‘His Dark Materials’ novelist Philip Pullman. ’The Brexit 50p coin is missing an Oxford comma, and should be boycotted by all literate people,’ wrote the novelist on Twitter, while Times Literary Supplement editor Stig Abell wrote that, while it was ‘not perhaps the only objection’ to the Brexit-celebrating coin, ‘the lack of a comma after “prosperity” is killing me’.
The Oxford comma has fierce defenders and equally fierce detractors – in 2011, when it was erroneously reported that the Oxford comma was being dropped by the University of Oxford style guide, one punctuation lover asked: ‘Are you people insane? The Oxford comma is what separates us from the animals.’
Well, well…Oxford comma or no Oxford comma, this news story clearly goes to show that there will still be plenty to argue about post Brexit.
Illustration: Øystein Reigem