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November 1, 2015


Who Needs Punctuation??? (Yes–We Do!!!)

by Gradmama2011

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.

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25 Comments Post a comment
  1. Oct 21 2015

    Glad to see those things drive someone else nuts, too! (too, two, to) 😀

    • Oct 21 2015

      that’s the truth. I always want to go in and yell at them… it’s not possessive!!!! kind of nutty I guess

  2. Oct 21 2015

    Oh Yes….We Do! 😉

    • Oct 21 2015

      use of apostrophes should require a permit

      • Oct 22 2015

        Indeed….. 😉

      • Oct 22 2015

        I like the heart-grabbing stuff a la Browning, or the Dr. Seuss rhyming patterns; also folk song beat such as “sweet Betsy from Pike, crossed the big mountain with her lover, Ike …”

      • Oct 23 2015

        All have their distinctive appeal….Yes! 🙂

      • Oct 23 2015

        have you ever written a phrase and have no idea what it means?

      • Oct 23 2015

        I suspect it will have happened though I would not be too concerned about it except if/when it does not make sense when I give it a second ‘look’….;)

      • Oct 23 2015

        I am new to poetry, although in writing other venues I often forget that I have written a given item. it may be a form of automatic writing.

  3. Oct 21 2015

    Spelling can be a challenge! This is very funny!

    • Oct 21 2015

      thanks I thought it would be pretty boring without a bit of humor

  4. Oct 21 2015

    My family is the same way when we see signs spelled incorrectly. My mother once saw a sign in a store window and went inside, as you did, to educate them on their grammatical error. The store owner said they did it ON PURPOSE! He told her that it gets people to come inside!! Well my mother the ENGLISH TEACHER was furious…

    • Oct 21 2015

      I would have been mad too, advertising his ignorance, intended or not, didn’t impress anyone.

  5. Oct 21 2015

    And on another note, I remember WordPerfect!

    • Oct 21 2015

      it’s still around, but the WP11 I have won’t work with Win10 so I’ll need to get a newer one if I can afford it

  6. Pl
    Oct 21 2015

    DeLIGHTfilled! Lovedit! You are so very, very! Witty! Yay ( or is it Yea?!) You get the point…

  7. Oct 22 2015

    Corngradulations! You got all the marks in didn’t you? Are you calm yet? Then congratulations. Fun reading. It’s nice when fun writing turns into fun reading.

  8. Nov 1 2015

    Yes! Let’s get together and drive cross country and fix everyone’s awful signage! The dumpsters at our local dump used to be painted with “No animal’s brush wood or metal.” Well, I thought it was just awful that the county’s animals weren’t allowed to make use of the dumpsters! (It was bad enough that they didn’t have the commas, but that misused apostrophe drove me crazy!) I complained. It is now fixed. I assume animals now have the right to toss their brush, wood, or metal–but not their relatives.

    • Nov 1 2015

      sounds like fun! They wouldn’t “get it” though when we tried to explain the errors. LOL

  9. Nov 2 2015

    I am sooooooo the same. Drives me potty!!!

    • Nov 2 2015

      As much as I complain about apostrophes, to my horror I frequently find one misplaced in my own writing.

  10. Nov 3 2015

    It’s amazing how many mistakes are made. Have you ever read Eats shoots and leaves?

    • Nov 3 2015

      no I haven’t read it, sounds interesting. yes it is easy to make a mistake, and spellcheck snt much help with apostrophes. 🙂


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