[Ads-l] Request search in The Sunday Times (UK) archive for well-known serial comma example

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Sun Nov 20 17:27:21 UTC 2022

There is a famous example illustrating the value of a serial comma. I
received a request to determine whether the example is apocryphal. The
example supposedly originally appeared in "The Times" of London,  but
I believe it first appeared in "The Sunday Times".

Perhaps someone with access to the Gale Archive of "The Sunday Times"
would be willing to search for the statement below. If you find a
match please send me a PDF of the article, a PDF of the full page, and
the complete metadata. You will be acknowledged in the QI article.

Newspaper: The Sunday Times
Newspaper Location: London, England
Article: The Week in View
Date: November 22, 1998
Quote Page 29
Note: This data is from an index only database without full text

[Begin excerpt]
The highlights of his global tour include encounters with Nelson
Mandela, an 800 year-old demigod and a dildo collector.
[End excerpt]

Thanks for your help
Garson O’Toole

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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