The Importance of Punctuation

July 25, 2005 by

Signs at bus stops in North Miami Beach declared:

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

See what happens when you don’t pay attention to grammar? A simple lack of punctuation can turn D.A.R.E. officers into drug dealers. Oops. (link via Think Personality)

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Kevin D. Hendricks

When Kevin isn't busy as the editor of Church Marketing Sucks, he runs his own writing and editing company, Monkey Outta Nowhere. Kevin has been blogging since 1998, runs the hyperlocal site West St. Paul Reader, and has published several books, including 137 Books in One Year: How to Fall in Love With Reading, The Stephanies and all of our church communication books.
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2 Responses to “The Importance of Punctuation”

  • John I. Carney
    July 25, 2005

    Years ago, I wrote a story about teenage pregancy for the small-town newspaper where I work. One of our county commissioners at the time came up to me with a gleam in his eye the next day with the headline and my byline circled. “I’m surprised at you, John,” he said. “It says right here: ‘One in 10 teenage girls becomes pregnant / By John Carney, T-G staff writer.'”

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  • Paughnee
    July 26, 2005

    Lynne Truss wrote a great book on punctuation called EATS, SHOOTS & LEAVES. It has a lot of funny examples of the misuse of punctuation. You might enjoy playing the Punctuation Game here:
    One of my favorite examples from the book illustrates the difference punctuation makes to the meaning of a sentence:
    A woman: without her, man is nothing.
    A woman without her man is nothing.
    Of course, I prefer the first sentence! (I hope I got the quotes right; my book is at home.)

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