Monday, May 11, 2009

Punctuation matters!!

Compare these two statements:

Stupid cancer survivors rule!

Stupid cancer, survivors rule!

For more of these pithy pearls of wisdom, read the kids' version of Eats, Shoots, and Leaves.

22 comments:

  1. of course puncuation matters:

    "yashka is the lord, read the bible"
    "yashka is the Lord? read the bible"

    I thought of that when I read a bumpersticker which had no punctuation.

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  2. Eats shoot and leaves!! Classic. My grandmother, AH used to tell that one. Tis a great joke :).

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  3. Your grandmother sounds like a woman after my own heart.

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  4. One of my favorites, from "Eats, Shoots, and Leaves":
    Those dirty things are my brother's.

    Those dirty things are my brothers.

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  5. I like that one as well.

    My grandmother was a funny chap. Maybe one day I'll do a post on her humor. Maybe.

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  6. @mottel

    Meh? Is that the best you can come up with. Y'know, on this blog you can subscribe without leaving a comment.

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  7. Meh. Not just Meh (stam - un di nekudah)
    My point is to stress the transitory nature of punctuation. Like the cement that holds the stones together, punctuation is what gives shape to the stones of letters . . . Taking them from the state of letters of thought to actual ideas.
    So I repeat.
    Meh.

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  8. wtf are you saying? talk english.

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  9. Yes, I never quite learned grammar. I tend to make it up as I go along...

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  10. Technically, it's:

    Stupid Cancer! Survivors Rule!

    Matthew Zachary
    13-Year Young Adult Survivor
    Founder/CEO
    I'm Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation

    web: http://i2y.com
    twitter: http://twitter.i2y.com
    facebook: http://facebook.i2y.com

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  11. Matthew, it's an honor to have an expert on this here humble blog.

    If you were addressing the cancer, then you'd say, "Stupid cancer, survivors rule!"

    If you want to comment on cancer's intellectual capabilities AND assert the greatness of survivors, then your way is correct.

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  12. e. I believe Matthew is associated with the Tweet that inspired your post v'dal

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  13. TRS: Technically, not. But she was a tomboy as a kid...

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  14. that "we" was obviously referring to a female "we".

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  15. also i still have to read "Eats, Shoots, And Leaves". anyone want to lend it to me?

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  16. i would if i could find my copy. 32nd BEST book ever. and here's my favorite:

    "Have you eaten, Mother?"
    "Have you eaten Mother?"

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  17. 32nd best book ever? What are the first 31?

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