[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 18:58:06 UTC 2022

This request has been fulfilled. Thanks to all who provided help.
Stephen Goranson and twitter users: @jondanziger @miss_reading
@chris_bloke @BillEllson


On Sun, Nov 20, 2022 at 12:27 PM ADSGarson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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

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