Who Needs Punctuation??? (Yes–We Do!!!)
Punctuation is one of my most favorite topics.
I regularly yell at signs posted on businesses along the roadway who declare such comments as WE HAVE WATERMELON’S TODAY. Or worse yet SUNDAY SERVICE’S, or even… 4 SAIL SHOE’S.
Yep, the culprit–misuse of apostrophe’s. (Yes I spelled it on purpose…just sayin’.)
Wrongly spelled words bug me. Especially when posted on a SCHOOL sign!!! Once I actually did a wheelie and turned around to go into a school and discuss their spelling… CORNGRADULATIONS!!! OK, I didn’t even see the “corn” part of the word. The school principal and a teacher happened to be in the office when I entered (yes, I really did!) and I explained the error on the sign. They blithely explained that the sign was advertising a Fall wing-ding of some kind, and that the “CORN” was a pun.
So I explained…it is the GRAD part that is in error. It was supposed to be “congraTulations.”
Blank looks… “oh,” said one of the educators… “I missed that.” The luke-warm response only echoed their shocked expressions….ALSO–they did not seem to “get it” as when I passed later in the day the sign had not been corrected.
I love punctuation, especially elipses (the little line of three dots) and I try not to confuse them with dashes–, or with parentheses. English teachers and college professors are always so serious and narrow-minded about such things.
When I graded students’ papers I usually noted misplaced punctuation or corrected it…on the premise that since it was a History exam, dealing with something like the Sedition Act for example, it was over-kill to expect proper spelling and grammar. Some of my fellow teaching assistants leaned heavily on bad commas or misspelled words… I just clearly wrote the word Sedition over their “Cedision” or other invented word. One said he never counted or even marked bad spelling because he was not a very good speller himself, and usually didn’t notice.
I love exclamation points!!! and don’t ya love question marks ??? CAPITALS, italics, bold, color, ♥, or ℘ (which is the symbol for Weierstrass p (in case ya ever need it…one never knows!!!) NOTE: on the WordPress editing page the symbol to bring to your fingertips (I guess every one in the world?) is the Ω . It’s on the chart by the indent keys on the second line. DISCLAIMER: I’m going to quit while I’m ahead there…it’s not at all confusing if one knows what they are looking for, but a little voice is whispering to me that I’m getting dangerously close to silly.
Seriously, this is really a wonderful collection, and one I would have welcomed when writing in Spanish. There was a way to manually “build” a system of characters into a regular WordPerfect set-up, and I did so…and I could use the normal keys for adding accented vowels by using the CTRL key (or other) and capital and lower case letters. Also the ñ Ñ ¿ ¡ and
others. This was very convenient when working with these characters. The trick worked on the computer keyboard, and when I got a new computer I’d have to re-set my shortcut system.
Yes, this WAS before Word was even a twinkle in Microsoft’s eye. WordPerfect was the industry standard, and the word processing system required by Cleveland State U, and which we were able to learn in the CSU computer lab free of charge. Prior to WordPerfect I had used WordStar, which was an excellent system that came with early home computers. I have written about that elsewhere, if anyone is interested. https://mumbletymuse.wordpress.com/2015/01/26/rise-of-the-machine/
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