Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Punctuation

by Donna K. Weaver

So you've wondered if punctuation is important?

Check out the meaning of the following two Dear John letters, the only changes being some itty-bitty punctuation alterations.
Dear John:
I want a man who knows what love is all about. You are generous, kind, thoughtful. People who are not like you admit to being useless and inferior. You have ruined me for other men. I yearn for you. I have no feelings whatsoever when we’re apart. I can be forever happy. Will you let me be yours?
Gloria

And what if we put the punctuation in different places?
Dear John:
I want a man who knows what love is. All about you are generous, kind, thoughtful people, who are not like you. Admit to being useless and inferior. You have ruined me. For other men, I yearn. For you, I have no feelings whatsoever. When we’re apart, I can be forever happy. Will you let me be?
Yours,
Gloria
Um, yeah.

Source: all over the place. I came across it years ago in an email that was going around.


4 comments:

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

This was a great example. I just had to laugh.

Donna K. Weaver said...

Hilarious, isn't it?

T. Powell Coltrin said...

Words. What can you do with them, but confuse others. :)

Donna K. Weaver said...

lol T. Powell. And punctuation can be your friend or your enemy. Imagine, in that example, if the author of the note had meant one but wrote the other in error.