Punctuation Changes Everything

The following letters show the importance of getting your punctuation right 🙂

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?  Susan

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, Susan

(I have no idea who the original author is or I’d happily give credit.)


14 thoughts on “Punctuation Changes Everything

  1. Ramblings,

    A member of my critique group sent me this, but unfortunately even though I did a Google search, I couldn’t find the original author.

    I love the Mommyvan blog and now I’ll be a regular reader over there. Her posts are really good!


  2. This is a great example! One of the shortcomings of e-mail, tweeting and texting is that punctuation is often either minimal or non-existent. Without face-to-face body language, or voice inflection to contribute meaning to the words, they are often a source of misunderstanding. I love the quote from EATS, SHOOTS & LEAVES: “What happens when it [punctuation] isn’t used? Well, if punctuation is the stitching of language, language comes apart, obviously, and all the buttons fall off.”

  3. Carol,

    I completely agree about punctuation going by the wayside with the advent of e-technology and the ever increasing need to say more using less.

    Spelling is a goner too 🙂


    PS. How’s Cooper and the other doggies?

  4. Laura,

    I’m right there with you on the punctuation. You should check out theoatmeal.com site and click on their funny posters for punctuation. They have a semi colon one that is hilarious 🙂


  5. Regina,

    So true. I’ve found one (or two) commas can totally change the “tone” of a sentence. Adjusting the pace of how it’s read really makes a difference.

    Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.


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