[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>
wrote:

> 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
poetry*


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