In a bid to advertise its premises, the British Library recently put up an advertisement outside their building. The sign shared by a Twitter user reads 'Shops. Cafés. The whole wealth of human knowledge, endeavour and experience to date. Events. Exhibitions.' While people initially applauded the clever wording of the advertisement, they soon realised the British Library's grammatical error. Netizens have wondered where is the 'Oxford comma' between the words 'endeavour and experience'. The tweet has since then gone viral, getting 20,000 likes and 3400 retweets as of Saturday.
Great advert from the British Library pic.twitter.com/svWmLvM8Wh— Peter Hornsby (@DrPeterHornsby) September 9, 2019
Love it! But where is the Oxford comma?????— Le Moyne Library (@LeMoyneLibrary) September 9, 2019
The arrogance of this is ironic, for there is no ignorance greater than a claim of complete knowledge— Geeta N (@GirlyDisposish) September 10, 2019
The lack of the Oxford comma is killing me.— Jay Aronson (@jaydaronson) September 10, 2019
There were a few who had stated that the Oxford comma was unnecessary in the particular sentence, tweeting, "Besides, isn’t it an Americanism?". But these netizens were immediately shot down by Britons who deemed that the Oxford comma was absolutely necessary in that sentence. Some went a step forward stating, 'It's always necessary'. Netizens are also aghast that the 'British Library' did not employ an 'Oxford comma'.
Meanwhile, the British Library itself has not been concerned by its mistake. It has not responded or tweeted anything in return. News reports state that the library has quite enjoyed the publicity its advertisement has recieved. It has reportedly stated that it has received a "very positive response" after the sign went up earlier this month.