Reading and Writing

Comma, Comma, Comma, Comma, Comma Chameleon. 

In a recent edition of Intelligent Life magazine, I read the following interesting introduction to the issue of punctuation. The entire article is well worth reading for punctuation geeks and writers of all definition.

feather20pen20clipartIn the beginning was the word, and each word was without spaces from one to the next. No wonder stone carvers didn’t write novels. A librarian in Alexandria in the third century BC is credited with being the first to use a system of high, intermediate and subordinate dots to instruct readers to pause and breathe – early punctuation was intended to help us with reading aloud; the silent reader came later. Much of it still does that job. Brackets are for a muttered aside; question marks denote inflection as much as interrogation. A few marks, the apostrophe and ampersand among them, stand in for something more long winded.

To read the entire article click here.

I wonder. What, dear readers and writers, is your favorite form of punctuation?

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