The Art of Punctuation

Unlike the orthographic system, which is quite clear on which spellings are admissible in polite society and which are not; some are right and some are wrong — period

John McDermott

2015

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  • Unlike the orthographic system, which is quite clear on which spellings are admissible in polite society and which are not; some are right and some are wrong — period
  • With punctuation too there are some procedures which must be observed de rigueur, and not to observe them would be wrong, incorrect, erroneous, inadmissible; the practice of starting a sentence with a capital letter and ending it with a full stop is a case in point
  • Where the punctuation and orthographic systems differ, is that with punctuation there is some leeway for personal discretion, scope for individual preferences and private tastes
  • On the other hand, used with skill, tact, taste and discernment, those preferences and tastes lay upon a text the marks of its writer’s personality — or style, if you will — no less surely than do the choice of material, vocabulary and sentence structure

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