I remember when tomatoes weren’t a fruit.
I also remember when cursive was important.
I can even remember when it was customary to place two spaces following the punctuation of a sentence.
What I can’t seem to remember is when exactly Oxford (serial) commas became uncool.
I don’t think it was when the Associated Press published their Stylebook discouraging their use “before the conjunction in a simple series.”
It might have happened when young designers decided that all punctuation was out, and said design trends trickled down to the masses.
That said, what’s even less clear than when Oxford commas fell out of preference is where they came from in the first place.
Vox has some thoughts:
“A Fine Dentist DDS”—not “A. Fine Dentist, D.D.S.,” right? ↩