What if?

In this world of emails and texting, sometimes I feel the need for different types of punctuation when I want to get a certain “tone” across.  Since words can be misunderstood so easily, it might be time for new punctuation marks to help us communicate better as a society. What if we had something like this?

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This is a funny collection of alternative punctuation marks to help us with our daily communication. Drop by the website to see more! Would you use any of them, or do you have your own suggestions?

Published in: on April 24, 2013 at 3:14 pm  Comments (1)  
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But what rhymes with plankton?

We all know that nothing in the English language rhymes with orange ( even though one of my high school teachers tried to pass off  “door hinge” as an acceptable rhyme), but are there any other words that have no rhymes?  According to Dictionary.com, there are 19 such words.

Along with bulb, and plankton, you can read the rest of the list here.  Can you think of any more?

Published in: on May 16, 2011 at 9:37 am  Leave a Comment  
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Do you know where to put that comma?

Lynne Truss‘ popular book Eats, Shoots and Leaves has spawned this fun game that allows you to decide just where the comma should go.  Take the quiz and see how you score!

Published in: on December 16, 2009 at 8:02 am  Leave a Comment  
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How is your grammar?

David Foster Wallace handed out this little gem of a grammar test to students taking a non-fiction writing workshop.  It looks simple enough…..ten sentences with one crucial error either in punctuation, grammar or usage each.  Amy McDaniel posted this on the HTML Giant website. If you read the answers posted by people leaving comments, you might be even more confused than when you began, but it is also quite revealing.  The answers are listed late in the comments section, so read on if you’d like to know how you scored.

IF NO ONE HAS YET TAUGHT YOU HOW TO AVOID OR REPAIR CLAUSES LIKE THE FOLLOWING, YOU SHOULD, IN MY OPINION, THINK SERIOUSLY ABOUT SUING SOMEBODY, PERHAPS AS CO-PLAINTIFF WITH WHOEVER’S PAID YOUR TUITION

1. He and I hardly see one another.

2. I’d cringe at the naked vulnerability of his sentences left wandering around without periods and the ambiguity of his uncrossed “t”s.

3. My brother called to find out if I was over the flu yet.

4. I only spent six weeks in Napa.

5. In my own mind, I can understand why its implications may be somewhat threatening.

6. From whence had his new faith come?

7. Please spare me your arguments of why all religions are unfounded and contrived.

8. She didn’t seem to ever stop talking.

9. As the relationship progressed, I found her facial tic more and more aggravating.

10. The Book of Mormon gives an account of Christ’s ministry to the Nephites, which allegedly took place soon after Christ’s resurrection.

Published in: on December 7, 2009 at 8:06 am  Comments (2)  
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