Favorite Punctuation Marks?

You have words - now what do you do with them?
User avatar
Slava
Grand Panjandrum
Posts: 5252
Joined: Thu Sep 28, 2006 9:31 am
Location: Finger Lakes, NY

Favorite Punctuation Marks?

Postby Slava » Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:26 pm

As punctuation relates to grammar, at least in my book, I'll put this one here instead of Res Diversae.

Another rather fun and interesting piece on language from The Atlantic:

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/entertai ... rks/57152/

Does anyone out there have a favorite to share?
Life is like playing chess with chessmen who each have thoughts and feelings and motives of their own.

Perry Lassiter
Grand Panjandrum
Posts: 3051
Joined: Wed Jan 03, 2007 12:41 pm
Location: RUSTON, LA
Contact:

Re: Favorite Punctuation Marks?

Postby Perry Lassiter » Mon Sep 24, 2012 11:41 pm

Excellent article! I'm saving it and passing it along. I once read an article about new punctuations, such as the stupendapoint, light years beyond a mere exclamation point. I don't remember the details, but it was a capital X with asterisks in the angles and a couple opf exclamation points.
pl

User avatar
Slava
Grand Panjandrum
Posts: 5252
Joined: Thu Sep 28, 2006 9:31 am
Location: Finger Lakes, NY

Re: Favorite Punctuation Marks?

Postby Slava » Tue Sep 25, 2012 1:57 am

Glad you liked it. 'Tis always a pleasure to make others happy.

I did forget to mention that the text of this article is the first time I've ever seen a printed interrobang. I've seen the word, and the definition, but never the actual doohickey. Now I know what it's supposed to look like. I always thought it was just a "!?".
Life is like playing chess with chessmen who each have thoughts and feelings and motives of their own.

Philip Hudson
Grand Panjandrum
Posts: 2022
Joined: Thu Feb 23, 2006 4:41 am
Location: Texas

Re: Favorite Punctuation Marks?

Postby Philip Hudson » Fri Sep 28, 2012 11:28 pm

I like the comma best. It is the pause that refreshes. I am getting to the age that I can't tell a comma from a period in some type sizes and fonts. I am glad the font the Good Doctor chose for these pages has a distinct comma. Liking the comma does not mean that I know all the comma rules or obey the rules I know. I always feel that a comma dropped casually into a sentence gives the sentence some perspective. I try to use the rules, there are just so many of them and some seem contradictory. In a series, I like to put a comma before the "and" although I know that some people frown on it.
It is dark at night, but the Sun will come up and then we can see.


Return to “Grammar”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 0 guests