Here is a great post from Deborah Lee Luskin on the topic of punctuation from the Live to Write, Write to Live blog
Punctuation Changes Meaning.
Without punctuation, words strung together lack meaning.
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 jane
Punctuation turns this string of words into a love-letter.
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?
With different punctuation, this string of words becomes a Dear John…
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