The case for the Oxford comma

I like to use the classic example my mom once taught me, in which a will was to be divided equally between three daughters – “Jessica, Mary and Emily” – and this was interpreted to mean that Jessica got half and Mary and Emily got to split the other half.  If they were a couple, you’d write it like that, right?  But in the end, I think this might be a better the best way to explain the problem with removing the Oxford (aka serial) comma.

Jeff Bishop, via the Language Log

Now, how can I share this with my clients without getting yelled at…?