Philip Pullman's call for a boycott against the new 50p coin is just the latest Oxford comma controvery.
The survival of the apostrophe is vital to the comprehensibility of our language. If those who have protected it are hanging up their red pens, it's time we all do our bit.
The 'rules of grammar' aren't set in stone, so correcting other people is pointless and demeaning.
Were your teachers right about when to use commas, and about not starting sentences with 'and'?