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Punctuation in the 21st Century: What You Need to Know

Posted by Kelly Creighton   Feb 8, 2017 7:30:00 AM


A Very Brief History of Punctuation

Did you know that some early Greek and Latin texts lacked any punctuation whatsoever? There often weren't even distinct line breaks or paragraphs either. It was up to the reader or orator to figure it out. Can you imagine reading dense philosophy or a mathematics lesson without the information being separated into paragraphs with sentences? Yikes!

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Topics: punctuation, periods, em dash, question mark, exclamation point

Polite Requests

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Jul 16, 2014 5:30:00 AM

We're often asked how to punctuate requests properly and politely. Today's post addresses this issue.

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Topics: punctuation, question mark

"Where do question marks go?" he asked.

Posted by Phil Jamieson   May 28, 2014 6:00:00 AM


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Topics: punctuation, question mark

Are you all set with question marks?

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Feb 27, 2013 5:30:00 AM

Believe it or not, some people have actually cried 96 Tears over where and when to use a question mark. It's not always as straightforward as one might think. In fact, sometimes it's downright mysterious - some might say, "It's a Mysterian." We'll begin with the obvious and end with the less so.

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Topics: question mark

Are you set on question marks with other marks of punctuation?

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Sep 18, 2012 5:30:00 AM

"Well, are you?" he asked.

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Topics: punctuation, question mark

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