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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Colon Brackets Dash comma Hyphen and Parentheses at Exclamation Point. At the end...Period.

INTRO. Imagine a scene with those badly known Greek Punctuation gods. 
  • Do you know their names:
  • NOT Aphrodite, but Apostrophe,
  • NOT Daphne, but Hyphen, and so on. "here" "come" ...
  • We can end up in a sad end full of frustration and grief. PERIOD. 
  • As in the perverted tale of Echo and Narcissus
  • WHO: Someone called Colon
  • ACTION: Someone  embraces somebody
  • WHOM: those named Dash or Hyphen and Parentheses. 
  • WHERE: at Exclamation Point. 
  • WHEN; At the end... Period.
In the beginning, Colon embraces Apostrophe at Exclamation Point while observed by Dash and Hyphen and Parentheses ran away to tell Semicolon. Period yawns himself.

It’s not just the addition or lack of commas that can change meaning. This example shows how the placement of punctuation, such as full stops/periods, commas, and question marks, can turn something that seems loving and innocent into something more sinister:

       Dear John:
I want a man who knows what love is all about. You are generous, kind, thoughtful. People who are not like you admit to being useless and inferior.  
You have ruined me  for other men.   I yearn for you.  I have no feelings whatsoever when we’re apart.       I can be forever happy. Will you let me be yours?  

How about picturing in your mind these 4 typography signs:

        hyphen  ___  semicolon ___  ellipsis  ___ dash  

check below:

How about naming these 5 typography signs:

&  ____  @  ____  \ _____ "  ____ # _______

check below:

General typography
at sign@
dagger† ‡
ditto mark
inverted exclamation mark¡
inverted question mark¿
number sign, pound, hash, octothorpe#

KEY task one: 

Now let’s see how those same words read with the punctuation in different places:

        Dear John:
I want a man who knows what love is.  All about you are generous, kind, thoughtful people, who are not like you. Admit to being useless and inferior.  
You have ruined me. For other men, I yearn. For you, I have no feelings whatsoever. When we’re apart, I can be forever happy.  
Will you let me be?      

TASK THREE: Now, your 2 tasks. 

  • Copy the two letter of your choice and add your punctuation.

  • Then, ... Check with the one on the given BBC webpage below.

The Magazine, in association with the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP), challenged readers to write a thank you letter with two meanings.

LETTER ONE.   Dear mother  …. From Matthew
dear mother  in law  there is nothing to make me say thank you but the quality of your gifts compels me at least to write to tell you how I feel thank you so much for the presents I was expecting nothing more than a token yet  again you have exceeded even your own incredible standards it was a shame you had to stay here for such a short time I thought I might have coped, but it was unbearable seeing you leave  the relief was immense when I heard we might see you again soon I wanted to end it all by saying goodbye now I hope I will not have to say it to you again for a long time if you have the opportunity to spend Christmas elsewhere next year please do not much love  Matthew

LETTER two.          Dear  Mandy  From CLAIR
Dear Mandy just a quick note to say I received your gift I was very surprised  when I saw the effort you had gone to I nearly cried  when I heard that you were coming for our roast turkey lunch I looked forward to the Christmas day celebration far more disdaining others no doubt spending the festive season feeling drunk  with joy we sang the classic yuletide carols however the horror on the streets tonight revellers ignore the message of Christmas and down pints instead I wish I could be there to help them Clair.

LETTER three.   Dear Santa from MATT
Dear Santa you really made my year when I heard you had fallen from your sleigh I was sad  to see such wonderful gifts lined up under my Christmas tree  my eyes lit up when I unwrapped your gifts I knew that the spirit of Christmas was still alive it was terrible hearing about your accident  the best piece of news all year is your safe return  things yet to come you say Christmas is a time to love and share I disagree with Scrooges everywhere Christmas is slowly fading thanks for making it so fantastic Matt

LETTER   four .  Dear Auntie Maude  from rob 
Dear Auntie Maude I was amazed to receive yet again the perfumed soap you've compelled me to appreciate for three straight Christmases that my family had suffered due to my body odour I felt such delight  I took the soap to the bathroom I normally enter only once each July not that I wish to wash never could a mere gift change that no your stubbornness fuelled my resolve  to drive my body to the soapy unknown my family have sued me for cruelty and threatened random hose attacks I cannot allow that water and skin should meet with dignity intact Rob

  LETTER  five.   Dear Aunt Agatha from TOM
Dear Aunt Agatha  sorry it has taken me so long to write telling you how much I liked your Christmas present this year only I didn't have the time to take it back and get another would be out of the question I suppose for you to be so kind shouldn't come as a surprise after what you bought me last year it was splendid news about Uncle Brian dying to see you again in the New Year would be awful to lose touch Mark

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