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Monday, September 24, 2007

where forth art thou punctuations capitals & paragraphs

what is this world coming to first with the proliferation of cell phones came text messaging then with the popularity of pcs came blogging so what has the world of words come to you tell me it seems that first people stopped spelling things correctly even when they werent in the texting world anymore then they did away with capitalizations as you see more and more blogs written in lower case now ive started noticing less and less usage of punctuations whats even worse and more irritating is rather than putting capital letters in their proper positions in front of sentences and at the beginning of proper names someone DeCiDeD iT WoUlD bE cUtE tO aLtErNaTe ThEm InStEaD im wondering if a grammar and writing blackhole opened up somewhere and swallowed up the punctuations the capitals the paragraphs and the commonsense im no expert at grammar nor writing but i do enjoy a good cadence now and then a well written story takes me places and i do like for things to be simple and make sense i dont like guessing what someone meant to imply thats what punctuations do you know they help your reader hear and visualize your message

A world that has only periods is a world without inflections. It is a world without shade. It has a music without sharps and flats. It is a martial music. It has a jackboot rhythm. Words cannot bend and curve. A comma, by comparison, catches the gentle drift of the mind in thought, turning in on itself and back on itself, reversing, redoubling and returning along the course of its own sweet river music; while the semicolon brings clauses and thoughts together with all the silent discretion of a hostess arranging guests around her dinner table.

quoted from a Time Magazine Article by Pico Iyer, In Praise of the Humble Comma

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