20 Images That Prove Grammar and Punctuation Are Important

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22 responses to 20 Images That Prove Grammar and Punctuation Are Important

  1. Spelling is not grammar and complaining about correct punctuation when one uses a grave accent instead of an apostrophe makes the argument invalid.

  2. Of course the Oxford comma is redundant if you correctly introduce the list (as in the “incorrect” instance) with a colon.

    We invited the strippers: JFK and Stalin.

    1. The so-called “Oxford” comma is not a serial comma in the example. Rather, it is to introduce an appositive.

      In addition, a so-called “list” consisting only of two items does not need a comma.

      Jane, my mother in law, likes food, love and or entertainment a.k.a. distractions, diversions and deviations: perversions, abnormalities, eccentricities, et cetera.

    2. According to the Associated Press, when writing a scholastic journalistic piece, we (journalists), are not supposed to use the “Oxford comma” when writing items in a series. Otherwise: “I went to the store to buy milk, bread and eggs.”

  3. The fifth one down, about the average American, is just a badly worded sentence. There is no way any sort of Punctuation would make that sentence any better without adding words.

  4. Today, 3/11/13 I took a NYS DEC exam , the misspelling , grammar and punctuation was so horrific that I failed the exam costing me hundreds of dollars and my pride. I quickly made the test proctor aware of the situation . But nothing can be done now.

    1. Did you mean…

      Today, 3/11/13, I took a NYS DEC exam. The spelling, grammar and punctuation were so horrific that I failed the exam and lost hundreds of dollars and my pride. I quickly made the test proctor aware of the situation. Nothing, however, can be done now.

      If you can’t get the “spelling, grammar and punctuation” right, how can you judge others’ as “horrific”?

  5. In the ‘Than’ example, is it sepposed to be a lesson? or another joke. The example actually means “I’m much better at holding my liquor than holding a panda bear”.
    The correct sentence for the desired meaning should be “I’m much better at holding my liquor than a panda bear is.”

    1. No. In my dialect, the default assumption for sentences of construction “Adjectiver at Verbing Noun1 than Noun2″ is that when Noun2 refers to a person as opposed to a place or a thing, then it refers to a subject to which a comparison is being made. The previous sentence already established that the panda is a subject capable of drinking liquor, so I would actually have to put Verbing on both sides of the “than” in order to say what you claim this sentence already does.

      (Also, I’m totally making this up; which is fine, because you’re denying the legitimacy of pre-assumed resolutions to common forms of syntactic ambiguity.)

      If you strongly prefer the complete absence of all forms of syntactic shorthand, might I recommend a lovely little language labelled Lojban?

    1. I’m pretty sure understanding your language well enough to write it down properly will matter down the road. If it doesn’t matter down the road, I would like fries with that and be quick about it.

    2. Why are you laughing about time? Oh, your intended message was misunderstood due to your lake of punctuation. I guess getting your point across accurately using written communication doesn’t really matter, does it?

      1. Lake of punctuation? As opposed to a river of grammar, or a sea of syntax? How about an ocean of onomatopoeia?

  6. In olden times, when I was a copy editor, there was no such thing as an “Oxford comma.” Editing took a lot longer, and you didn’t have second chances because corrections in proof were expensive. Yes, boys and girls, I was a child of the waning hot- lead era. Almost all newspapers used the AP stylebook. A rule of thumb was to use a comma where you would pause when speaking, or where necessary for clarity. Better to leave in an unnecessary one than to leave out a necessary one. We didn’t lose any sleep over it and I don’t remember any arguments. Writers would write, I would edit, end of story.

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