Artist: Sam Cannon
Plodding on with lesson 3, which is basically about bookmarking links and doing a lot of independent learning from scattered-but-approved places on the net. I'm on punctuation at the moment, spent a lot of time yelling at the screen, where it is obvious that some of the websites have become glitchy. For instance, I had already punctuated something, told I was wrong then correct it - only to be told that my first answer was right. There were a few things that I didn't know and will have to brush up on, which is fine.
Interesting is the art of correct punctuation. We've already seen the difference between "Let's eat, Grandma!" and "Let's eat Grandma!", but there have been other ones. Take for instance the following;
Our first tale is a romantic one—or so it may appear. The story begins with an email that John received one day from his new girlfriend. Consider how pleased he must have felt to read this note from Jane:
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?
Unfortunately, John was far from pleased. In fact, he was heartbroken. You see, John was familiar with Jane's peculiar ways of misusing punctuation marks. And so to decipher the true meaning of her email, he had to re-read it with the marks altered:
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?
It is ficticious, but the last artcle on this page is true and also very costly.