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Saturday, 24 September 2016

Punctuation Day

Never underestimate the power of punctuation.  Take the common comma.  (That was pretty good wasn't it?)  Consider...."Let's eat Grandma."  and   "Let's eat, Grandma." See what I mean?
We all know about commas, periods, question marks, exclamation marks, but, do you know what an ellipsis is?  Do you know an Oxford Comma when you see one?
I've never been very good at punctuation.  Talking about the comma can put me in a coma.  I do understand the importance though.
Happy Punctuation Day.

8 comments:

  1. I am guilty of using/misusing the ellipsis often. And do use the Oxford comma.

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    1. I misuse the ellipsis often on a daily basis...more shame to me. I don't think I've ever used the Oxford comma though.

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  2. Excellent post! One of my sons is a senior editor for Viz Media and we have had many conversations about the decline of punctuation. I raised him right, in a manner grammatically correct, and neither he nor I have ever eaten our grandmas.

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    1. I've never eaten my grandma either but I've probably made punctuation and grammer blunders aplenty....and spelling. I can only hope those readers who have known me for a while can interpret the message correctly.

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  3. Pretty sure the ellipsis is....instead of words, but the Oxford Comma? No idea, but I don't mind being taught.

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    1. I have a vague notion that the Oxford Comma is used in a long list of things...ie....cherries, blueberries, oranges, and grapefruit.....the Oxford being the comma before the and. It is most useful in a list of two word items such as .... the print comes in blue and green, red and yellow, and pink and orange.....in order to help the eye separate the items. I don't believe I have ever used it but now that I know about it I just might. The ellipsis however, oh dear me, what a hash I make of it.

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  4. I probably am guilty of overusing the ellipsis...never knew it had a name.

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    1. Me neither and I was using it for the wrong purpose.

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