I’m quite fond of punctuation, really. Not so much the prescriptive uses of it. I like the informal uses of it that reflect the prosody of spoken language. You can break up a sentence or phrase with periods to show the strong emphasis of making each word its own intonational phrase. (What. The. Hell?) There’s the use of parentheses or commas for, you know, parenthenticals. (And I’m quite partial to parentheticals.) Or you can use ellipses to signal that you’re trailling off…
So I offer you a ThThTh list with an abundance of punctuation marks.
First, I offer to you the Evidence of Punctuation Conspiracy:
- I came across the “What punctuation mark are you?” quiz at raincoaster‘s earlier this week. I’m a question mark.
- Next, caset of Sweet Not Muches offered up this tasty bit about how the semicolon is taking New York by storm.
- Soon after, I saw that the eminent simian General Kang offered warnings of the perils of punctuation on the The Skwib:
You’ve never seen anything as terrifying as a gorilloid demonstrating an impeccable use of the semi-colon.
- These spots of punctuation come on the heels of a recent post by Alpha DogMa on some corporate abuse of the period: Happy Period // Cranky Question Mark // Yes Exclamation Point
Further punctuation-related things include:
- The “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks. This blog is a “great” place to see of all sorts of abuses of quotation marks.
- Apostrophe Abuse. Its the cats pajama’s in terms of misused apostrophe’s.
- The Ominous Comma. A blog. While not actually about punctuation, it gets points for having such a cool punctuation-related name.
- Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss. A book on punctuation that is said to be entertaining. (Yes, I should have read it. I have it. But haven’t read it. It will probably tell me to stop with the sentence fragments. Or some such. Screw that.)
- There’s a punctuation “game” based on the book. (I use “scare quotes” here to suggest that there is not a lot of “fun” or “playing” involved.)
- More fun is the panda joke that is the inspiration for the book title (offered up by Geoffrey Pullum of The Language Log) .
- “I love you period,” a song by Dan Baird
I love you period
Do you love me question mark
Please, please exclamation point
I want to hold you in parentheses
- Let’s not forget the colons and semi-colons of the island nation of San Serriffe:
The native people of San Serriffe are the Flong. However, the dominant group are of European stock, the descendants of colonists, known as colons. There is also a large mixed-race group, known as semi-colons.
- Finally, I offer a bit of cartoon swearing. As in using punctuation marks in place of swear words, usually in a cartoon. (This allows me to end the post with a bang. Or 2.)(Sorry, a little punctuation mark humor.)(No, I’m not sorry. I’m dorky like that.)