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Suppose you have some coordinate adjectives modifying a noun. E.g.

"the cold, tired, hungry dog."

You could rewrite this as

"the cold and tired and hungry dog"

but would these

"the cold, tired, and hungry dog"

"the cold, and tired, and hungry dog"

be acceptable? And would you call the first an oxford comma? I've looked through a bunch of guides for coordinate adjectives. Most of them, like this and this, never use the last options but don't specifically forbid them. One (Hart's Rules) sort of uses it to describe an Oxford comma, but not when modifying a noun. I would appreciate a definitive answer for this if one exists.

Very similar to this question. But their source doesn't make it clear whether the adjectives are supposed to modify a noun or go at the end of a sentence.

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    "Acceptable" in appropriate context, because the comma is not grammar, the comma sometimes helps convey the right meaning or disambiguate, and generally serves to save a lot of headache for the unwary reader. – Kris Jan 17 '15 at 6:02
  • The more complicated question is : why does "the cute little brown dog" NOT need any commas? – Brian Hitchcock Jan 17 '15 at 8:42
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    I was a victim of a so-called publishing house's so-called proofreading. They turned ALL my multiple-adjective-before-noun constructions into the third form mentioned by OP. I had to re-edit the whole book. – Brian Hitchcock Jan 17 '15 at 8:45
  • @BrianHitchcock Because there's a set order for those adjectives. See here. Since rearranging them would be weird they don't need commas between them. – genisage Jan 17 '15 at 19:37
  • Thanks! I only knew this by practice and intuition, not by rule. – Brian Hitchcock Jan 18 '15 at 6:36

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