Go from short to long, simple to compound.
count the syllables
bananas and plums becomes plums and bananas
Chevies, Fords, and Toyotas becomes Fords, Chevies, and Toyotas
Vancouver, Surrey, and Hope becomes Hope, Surrey, and Vancouver
count the words
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, It, and Jurassic Park
It, Jurassic Park, and The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.
Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, and King Lear.
Macbeth, King Lear, and Romeo and Juliet.
Put compound elements last
liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and life
life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness
Now we understand that:
the shorter goes before the longer
fewer letters before more letters.
It’s as simple as the bees and the birds.
It’s as easy as cream and peaches.
Remember this rule when you read about gold, myrrh, and frankincense.
Sometimes rules don’t work very well.