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Posted: 11 June 2016 05:21 AM   [ Ignore ]
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The period, it is a-changing

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Posted: 11 June 2016 05:35 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Similarly, there was usually no final STOP in telegrams. It was a separator, not a terminator.

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Posted: 11 June 2016 05:55 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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What’s the plus sign at the end (AT THE FRONT+)?

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Posted: 11 June 2016 06:25 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Ah, that’s an end of line marker.

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Posted: 11 June 2016 06:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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So if you arrange to meet a friend at Starbuck’s and she replies “OK” that signals agreement. If she replies “OK.” you had better find a locally-owned, fair-trade coffee shop in which to meet; she is coming, but she’s not happy about it

All that it would convey to me was that the writer was punctilious! I wonder whether this has reached the UK yet or whether it’s just my abysmal ignorance concerning all matters textile (hmm. OK, text-related).

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Posted: 12 June 2016 09:03 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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The use of punctuation marks is to facilitate reading comprehension for hand written and printed texts. Why are they now being considered obsolete or useless?

I don’t agree with McWhorter that the elimination of the comma would have little effect on clarity. Punctuation marks are not only used for clarity; they’re used to accent or convey emotions. 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2554549/U-S-academic-claims-punctuation-mark-abolished-English-language-little-loss-clarity.html

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Posted: 12 June 2016 01:50 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Classic example of punctuation improving clarity.  A text from one youngster to another after visiting his grandfather in hospital:

I had to go see my granddad fucking a man

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Posted: 12 June 2016 02:13 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Note that the McWhorter articles are over two years old. He is specifically talking about the comma, and again only in short messages, like texts and tweets. He is not talking about punctuation in general or in other forms of writing. The Slate article, linked in the Daily Mail piece, is a much better discussion of McWhorter’s point. The Mail conflates McWhorter’s discussion with the disappearance of apostrophes from UK road signs, something that was happening two years ago.

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