The Oxford Comma
Trip Start Sep 07, 2010
60Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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After exploring the town centre, we moved on to Christ Church. To begin, colleges in the UK are not the same as they are in the United States. A college in the UK, especially at Oxford or Cambridge (collectively known as Oxbridge), is simply a place where the student will eat, sleep, and essentially live while they attend Oxford University. The other people in the college have completely different majors and academics has nothing to do with the colleges
When foreigners were expelled from the University of Paris during one of England's and France’s many fights, students fled back to England to attempt to complete their degrees. Since it was the 1200s, the church was the only place which had the ability to teach anyone anything. After much debate, the monks in Oxford agreed to teach the students. The students found accommodation with townsfolk in the city while they learned. Eventually, the relationship between the townsfolk and the students deteriorated (meaning that there were some riots). Afterwards, it was determined that the students would have to live separately from the townsfolk, and, thus, the college was born. Wealthy English men would establish colleges in their name, or groups of men would come together to fund the construction of one.
Christ Church is the biggest of the colleges at Oxford
Just in front of the entrance to Christ Church is Alice’s Store where the real Alice (Alice Liddell) from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland used to go. This location and many others from Oxford and Christ Church were used in Carroll’s novel. The real Alice did not the have the long locks of blonde hair as she does in the story; she had short brown hair. However, Alice’s sister, Edith, was the one who looks like the girl described in the book. Either way, with all the nooks and passageways hidden throughout Oxford, it’s easy to imagine Alice’s world.
Other colleges we saw were Oriel College and All Souls College, but the city is literally packed with them. While exploring some of the city, we ran into a group of men who were performing a morris dance
In the end, Oxford is fantastic, both the city and the university. There were so many places there to explore that I didn’t have near enough time to see it all, but hopefully I can get back to Oxford soon to see what I missed.
P.S. "The Oxford Comma" is the serial comma used in a list of three or more items such as “pencils, papers, and books” (the Oxford comma being the second one). This list, in most languages, would appear as “pencils, papers and books” without the comma. Reportedly, there is much debate on whether the Oxford comma should be used or not. It is, without question, the norm in the US, but asinine writers think they are very much above the Oxford comma and protest against it….I think we have more important things to worry about.