September 24 is National Punctuation Day so I thought I would write this weeks post using no punctuation just to prove how important punctuation is the primary purpose of punctuation is to make writing clearer by showing us where we stop where we pause where we are asking a question and where we are exclaiming something and of course when we are directly quoting someone punctuation has been in the news lately because of texting common thought is that a period at the end of a text changes the tone of the text to one that is less friendly than probably intended I just decided to eliminate capital letters to begin sentences in this blog post because if there is no period there is no capital letter required of course I am keeping the capital I in the pronoun I because well that is just the way it is done I personally like punctuation especially the semicolon which many people dont like to use because maybe they are uncomfortable using it it really isnt very confusing and has far fewer rules than lets say commas which have about a zillion rules the main rule of using commas is to always have a reason to use one this can be a little complicated because the final rule of commas is to use one wherever not using one would cause confusion so I guess that one is pretty much up to the writer
one of the longstanding controversies about commas is whether or not to use one after the last item in a series of three or more that comma usage is called the Oxford comma its use has been bandied about for years and goes in and out of style I don’t know if it is currently in or out but I always use it it often clears up confusion such as in the sentence I am not voting for Jill Stein the doctor and the Green Party candidate is that a good example well it will have to do for now it will be difficult to understand since there is no punctuation here at all anyway
I hope we all appreciate the importance of punctuation for example the elimination of a single comma can be fatal as in the case of lets eat grandma and don’t worry even though I burned the roast we will eat my children
many people are really fond of a particular punctuation mark for me as I said it is the semicolon which is difficult to overuse however people do overuse punctuation marks such as the exclamation point and the dash many writers just love to use the long dash over and over again and the same is true of the exclamation point which should be used very sparingly and never twice in a row additionally please don’t end a sentence with a question mark and an exclamation point you will have to choose one or the other
I have read this blog post over and i actually didn’t have much trouble figuring out what it said but maybe that is because I wrote it in that case maybe punctuation isnt as important as we think it is maybe we should just eliminate it and while we are at it perhaps we should eliminate all vowels as well because it seems that people have no trouble reading something when all the vowels are lmntd
could you read that last word in the previous paragraph the one where the vowels have been lmntd well that is about all I have to say about punctuation for now so you can decide whether or not you want to use it any longer I would advise that you continue to use it just in case
Happy National Punctuation Day!!!!!!!!!
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