the nonconformist penguin and the Almighty Bob (newbia) wrote in anti_illiteracy,
the nonconformist penguin and the Almighty Bob

I would give this to my English teacher as a Christmas present...but I don't like her.

"Meanwhile, that energetic enemy to all punctuation Gertrude Stein (remember when she said the comma was "servile"?) said that semicolons suppose themselves superior to the comma, but are mistaken:

They are more powerful more imposing more pretentious than a comma but they are a comma all the same. They really have within them deeply within them fundamentally within them the comma nature.
Gertrude Stein, "Poetry and Grammar",1935.

--Lynne Truss, Eats, Shoots and Leaves.

That's what puncuation is good for: flow. I can't read chatspeak well at all; it's the equivalent of a person reading it aloud and pausing after every misspelled word.

Just felt like sharing.

In other shocking news, it turns out you can use more than three dots in an ellipsis! I have noticed that if the ellipsis comes at the end of a paragraph and a complete sentence, it has four dots.

That's the only exception I make, though. The rest of you guys will have to keep it to three dots, not those.........things.

Do any of you play neopets? Of those of you who do, do any of you ever go to the roleplaying boards? If not, then my literacy peeve (and I do mean a peeve about literacy, not illiteracy, and mostly with good writing in general) won't be interesting.

That weird 'less than' bracket thing and a three,

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