We all have strange relationships with punctuation — do you overuse exclamation marks? Do you avoid semicolons like the plague? What type of punctuation could you never live without? Tell us all about your punctuation quirks!
M.B. Parkes said, “Punctuation is the pragmatics of written language.” Punctuation is the key to make a sentence feel meaningful. Not just making it feel lively but also to make it accurate. Sentences without it is just…incomplete, to say the least. The most basic example is the one we all have read so many times. These are the sentences identical in every way except punctuation.
- ‘Let’s eat Grandma.‘
- ‘Let’s eat, Grandma.‘
Yup, punctuation can save a life! But more importantly, it can save the sentence from becoming stale. For me, I just like to play with a handful of them. Commas, question marks, quotation marks and full stops are few of those. But exclamation mark takes the crown. It expresses the words more better than a full-stop.
I know it’s not a quirky reason but still, it’s a reason to express and that’s all that matters to me!