Oh, pardon me… this IS a Christian blog, after all! What was I thinking??? 😉
Speaking of punctuation… oh, weren’t we? Well we should be since today is PUNCTUATION DAY!!!
Punctuation errors are probably at the top of most writer’s lists. Hidden verbs are at the top of my list, and I’m so thankful to the proofread feature here on WordPress for catching those errors, but punctuation is probably the next problem area for me. It can be tricky, especially if I’ve written all day long and begin to go into auto-pilot typing mode. Sometimes the concept overrides the construction, whether it be a poem, prose or blog post. When I have an idea and feel confident that it’s a winner, I just begin to type without much thought about punctuation. That’s why it’s a very good idea to edit everything you write very carefully.
My best friend is the humble coma. I tend to overuse it, but without a well-placed coma, you could end up with a reputation you don’t want. Remember the famous cover from “Tails” magazine?
“Rachael Ray finds inspiration in cooking her family and her dog.”
Um… she cooks her family and her DOG? Imagine the surprised looks on the faces of all those animal lovers who saw that statement on the cover of the magazine! A couple of comas could have saved her reputation! I’m sure her reputation was not really harmed. I’m just kidding.
Or, see the difference between, “Let’s eat, grandma.” and “Let’s eat grandma.” Hmm… shall we barbecue her or fry her on the grill?
Remember Victor Borge’s Phonetic Punctuation? Here he is with Dean Martin:
I’ve tried to use phonetic punctuation, and it is much more difficult than it looks! Victor really made it look easy, but people like Sam and Patrick are keeping this great form of communication alive and well. I think that’s great!
Well done, Sam and Patrick! I’m so glad to see that these funny comedy skits are not fading away. That would be a real shame. Keep the good clean comedy alive and well!
Yeah, you’re making the sound for that exclamation point, aren’t you??? And for those question marks too. 😉