Friday, March 02, 2007

The: Importance, of Punctuation;

As an English major in College, I was indoctrinated skillfully taught by my professors that punctuation was important. However, nothing drove this home more than my personal correspondence with a certain young lady. I think this speaks for itself.

A letter she sent me a few months after we met:

Dear Ched:

I want a man who knows what love is all about. You are generous, kind, thoughtful. People who are not like you admit to being useless and inferior. You have ruined me for other men. I yearn for you. I have no feelings whatsoever when we're apart. I can be forever happy -- will you let me be yours?

Leigh Anne


A letter she wrote me 8 Months after we were married:

Dear Ched:

I want a man who knows what love is. All about you are generous, kind, thoughtful people, who are not like you. Admit to being useless and inferior. You have ruined me. For other men, I yearn. For you, I have no feelings whatsoever. When we're apart, I can be forever happy. Will you let me be?

Yours,

Leigh Anne


How would you punctuate the words, "woman without her man is a savage"?

How I would perhaps punctuate: Woman, without her man, is a savage.

How Leigh Anne would punctuate: Woman: without her, man is savage.

If you're still unconvinced regarding the importance of punctuation, read about the comma that cost a company 2.13 million dollars.

Disclaimer: The abovementioned correspondence between my wife and I is completely fabricated. She still whole-heartedly affirms the sentiment of the first letter, I think. However, I'm pretty sure she would still take the second punctuation option on the "woman without her man" example! 

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9 comments:

Matt 9:16 AM  

Nice. except you forgot to adress capitalazation and spelling errors ched!1! Not to mention subject verb agreement, i for one never makes any such a mistake

Ched,  9:29 AM  

i for one never makes any such a mistake


Chuckles.

Ariel 2:31 PM  

She still whole-heartedly affirms the sentiment of the first letter, I think.

Spoken like a circumspect & confident man. I applaud you.

Michael 3:17 PM  

I've always liked,

"Those old things over there are my husband's."

versus

"Those old things over there are my husbands."

Leigh Anne,  5:13 PM  

I just have to say this one thing, I do NOT whole-heartedly affirm anything on this post.... well, with the exception of the SECOND letter...

Jason 9:42 AM  

is the guy in the picture getting a colonoscapy...? errrr.

Cap Stewart 9:00 AM  

Excellent post! But I am compelled to ask: what’s up with the first comma in the last sentence of your previous blog entry?

Ched,  9:21 AM  

what’s up with the first comma in the last sentence of your previous blog entry

I've fallen prey to the misplaced comma malady. My hypocrisy is evident to all!

Moe 4:59 PM  

LOL! I love it. Wonderful post. :)

~Kelsey

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