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.
- MY PUNCTUATION YARN:
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:
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
How about naming these 5 typography signs:
& ____ @ ____ \ _____ " ____ # _______
KEY task one:
Now let’s see how those same words read with the punctuation in different places:
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