- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Was there something more behind that warm handshake between President Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro?

Britain’s Sky News posted this bulletin about the Nelson Mandela memorial service at 6:36 p.m. London time Tuesday: “Top stories: World leaders at Mandela tribute, Obama-Castro handshake and same-sex marriage date set.”

The prospect of a wedding between the two leaders got the Twitterverse tweeting.

“This is why the Oxford comma exists!” said Carole Blake, a literary agent in London.


The Oxford comma is that extra punctuation mark before the word “and” that the British use and Americans usually don’t.

Scott Weinberg, a Philadelphia film critic, is one American who cherishes the Oxford comma.

“Omit it at your peril, heathens,” he warned.

Just to reinforce the Sky News mistake, British financial journalist Paul Lewis added: “Obama-Castro announce marriage — the value of a comma.”