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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Punctuation

                                                    Punctuation


When thoughts, ideas, opinions gush forth like a cascade or a cyclone little do they bother about the twigs and saplings on the way. 

The flow and force get prioritized and the recipient is not even in the scheme of things.


I suggest everyone to read one of world’s leading linguist Steven Pinker’s [of Harvard ]‘The sense of style’ -‘The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century’ -from page 284 on Punctuation. This chapter covers very comprehensively the complete width and depth of  the uses and usefulness of punctuations.


“ The problem for the writer is that punctuation indicates prosody in some places, syntax in others, and neither of them consistently anywhere…..Even the sticklers cannot agree how to stickle….In 2003 the journalist Lynne Truss in her wonderful book ‘Eats, Shoots &Leaves’ ..decries the punctuation errors she  spotted in ads,..newspapers. 

In 2004 New Yorker Review the critic Louis Menand decries punctuation errors he spotted in Truss’s book.

In Guardian …the English scholar John Mullan decries the punctuation flaws he spotted in Menand’s review”


The world functions on thoughts and ideas and not punctuation marks.

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