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Punctuate or perish

March 19th, 2015   •   no comments   
Punctuate or perish

Think only sticklers and grammar geeks care about punctuation? Think again.

It’s tempting to view punctuation as something you no longer need to worry about in the digital age. As a writer who prides herself on dotting her i’s and crossing her t’s, I am here to tell you that this is not only wrong — it represents a crime against understanding.

In her popular book on punctuation (surprisingly, not an oxymoron), Eats, Shoots & Leaves author Lynne Truss shows us how a few simple punctuation marks stand between us and true meaning:

                                                 A woman, without her man, is nothing.

                                                 A woman: without her, man is nothing.

We can debate over which statement holds the greater truth (well, you can try) but there is no denying the difference in meaning.

Not to put too fine a point on it: the attention you pay to punctuation in any piece of written communication – from emails to tweets – says a lot about the value you place on both form and content. Depending on the message you wish to convey, and on your audience, it can be of vital importance. read more