[LMB] OT: Punctuation, was Prime News

Sylvia McIvers sylviamcivers at gmail.com
Tue Nov 14 14:58:23 GMT 2017

On Tue, Nov 14, 2017 at 9:42 AM, John Lennard <john.c.lennard at gmail.com>

> Marina: I may leave off the period when writing out the prefixes and
> suffixes of names, e.g., Ms Janice Marshal Esq
> John: And you might be correct to do so.
> <dons the hat of precision>
> (snippety snip)
> Punctuation matters. I give you the villainous Mortimer Junior, from
> Marlowe's *Edward II*:
> "This letter, written by a friend of ours,
> Contains his death, yet bids them save his life.
> 'Edwardum occidere nolite timere bonum est;
> Fear not to kill the king, 'tis good he die.'
> But read it thus, and that's another sense:
> 'Edwardum occidere nolite timere bonum est;
> Kill not the king, 'tis good to fear the worst.'
> Unpointed as it is, thus shall it go,
> That, being dead, if it chance to be found,
> Matrevis and the rest may bear the blame,
> And we be quit that caused it to be done."
> The difference in English punctuation would be whether you put a comma
> after "nolite" or after "timere".
> Or there's this one:
> "Joe", said Bob, "is a fool."
> Joe said, "Bob is a fool".
> <doffs the hat of precision>
> --
> John Lennard, MA DPhil. (Oxon.), MA (WU)

Commas are indeed important.
"Let's eat, Grandpa" vs "Let's eat Grandpa" is the classic example.

My favorite example, however, is the reason Him and Her stopped dating:
He wants her not.
He wants, her not.

*hiding the OverQuote  Tixie glittering machete under that lovely bit of

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