Monday, October 10, 2016

In Need of a Smile?

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Following our incredible discussion on punctuation, I thought I’d punctuate (see what I did there?) the discussion with what others have to say about the subject. And besides, given the current air of politics, we might be in need of some smiles…

"I’m tired of wasting letters when punctuation will do, period." -- Steve Martin

“I want to change my punctuation. I long for exclamation marks, but I'm drowning in ellipses.” -- Issac Marion 

“I use a whole lot of half-BLEEP semicolons; there was one of them just now; that was a semicolon after 'semicolons,' and another one after 'now.” -- Ursula LeGuin

“If commas are open to interpretation, hyphens are downright Delphic.” -- Mary Norris

“While we look in horror at a badly punctuated sign, the world carries on around us, blind to our plight. We are like the little boy in The Sixth Sense who can see dead people, except that we can see dead punctuation. Whisper it in petrified little-boy tones: dead punctuation is invisible to everyone else - yet we see it all the time.”Lynne Truss

“Today, I learned, the comma, this is, a, comma (,) a period, with, a tail, Miss Kinnian, says its, importent, because, it makes writing, better, she said, somebody, could lose, a lot, of money, if a comma, isnt in, the right, place, I got, some money, that I, saved from, my job, and what, the foundation, pays me, but not, much and, I dont, see how, a comma, keeps, you from, losing it, But, she says, everybody, uses commas, so Ill, use them, too,,,,” -- Daniel Keyes

“What sort of person," said Salzella patiently, "sits down and writes a maniacal laugh? And all those exclamation marks, you notice? Five? A sure sign of someone who wears his underpants on his head. Opera can do that to a man.” -- Terry Pratchett

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Wishing you smiles!

Bobbi Miller


Carmela Martino said...

Love this, Bobbi:
"We are like the little boy in The Sixth Sense"
Thanks for the smile. :-)

Pam said...

This was loads of fun to read. I am so glad I stopped by.

Bobbi Miller said...

Thank you for your kind words, Carmela!

And we're glad you stopped by too, Pam!

Yvonne Ventresca said...


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April Halprin Wayland said...

Yes, yes! I'm sending that "We are like the little boy in The Sixth Sense" comment out to those who are sign-sensitive, like me!

Bobbi Miller said...

Thank you, Yvonne and Laurie and April!

Anonymous said...

Ha! Punctuation can be so important and so much fun!