The Importance of Punctuation

My fellow interntees, I have something of “vital importance” to discuss with you.

First and foremost, I want to say that I try to be polite. I believe in showing respect to my fellow human beings, I believe in saying “Thank you,” I believe in punctuality, and I think it’s very important to behave.

However, there are a few things that just make me want to explode. Punctuation is one those things. It’s actually rather ludicrous to get upset over the misuse of punctuation, I understand that, but it just bothers me. So bear with me while I rant.

Punctuation is imperative. Not only is important so that your colleagues and/or teachers take you seriously, but it’s also so that other people can understand you.

To get your attention, I have a few examples to show how punctuation errors can lead to, well, not good things.

Punctuation can save lives…

Lets eat Grandpa.

or

Lets eat, Grandpa.

This is a common “Dear John” letter – try and figure out which letter John would prefer:

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?

Jane

And when we change the punctuation…

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,

Jane

A drug related punctuation error…

Say ‘NO’ to Drugs from the NMB Police D.A.R.E Officers.

What are those officers up to?

And finally, a gender comparison:

An English professor wrote the words:

“A woman with her man is nothing,”

On the chalkboard and asked his students to punctuate correctly.

All of the males in the class wrote:

“A woman, without her man, is nothing.”

All the females in the class wrote:

“A woman: without her, man is nothing.”

Observe the power of punctuation!

So, there you have it! Punctuation is more important than you think, so be sure to always spell check.

See you later, guys!

_____________________

On a side note, I’ve been thinking about making a series out of “The Importance of…”. What do you guys think?

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