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Punctuation is the unsung hero of many languages and is responsible for much of our understanding of written word.
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I Won't Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar. Here's Why.

I Won't Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar. Here's Why. | Punctuation is fun! | Scoop.it
If you think an apostrophe was one of the 12 disciples of Jesus, you will never work for me. If you think a semicolon is a regular colon with an identity crisis, I will not hire you.
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I am definitely guilty of using a comma for dramatic emphasis of a point even if not 100% grammatically correct, but I agree with most of what Kyle has to say. Grammar is a complex set of rules, and it follows that someone who can adhere to those rules would do a better job in a strictly regimented role.

Though I disagree that every hire should be judged harshly for their grammar. Some individuals cannot grasp the minute differences and idiosyncrasies of English grammar, but are brilliant visual designers. As Einstein says "if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its entire life believing it is stupid."

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Laura Brown's comment, March 7, 2013 8:36 PM
I'm always aware of my grammar and punctuation. I try to find out what my mistakes are and keep them in mind as I write. If I keep them in mind they soon become habit and I can move on to fixing something else.
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6 quests to fix English's messed-up spelling

6 quests to fix English's messed-up spelling | Punctuation is fun! | Scoop.it
Some succeeded. Some failed. Some made things worse.
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It's really interesting to consider how decisions like this radically shift the way we write and speak. If John Hart's suggestion had been widely accepted, then we'd have all been riteing leik theis for ages now, instead of just in the past 10 or so years, due to the growth of L337 and other "web speak."

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8 Punctuation Marks That Are No Longer Used | BlogHer

8 Punctuation Marks That Are No Longer Used | BlogHer | Punctuation is fun! | Scoop.it
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Really cool read about punctuation no longer in use. Would be super cool to see some of these make a comeback!

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7 Posts About Punctuation That Will Either Enrage You or Elate You or Possibly Both

7 Posts About Punctuation That Will Either Enrage You or Elate You or Possibly Both | Punctuation is fun! | Scoop.it
If you don't know the Tironian et, the manicule, and the percontation mark -- or you haven't heard the punctuation playlist or the argument for abolishing the apostrophe -- you need to read this list.
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Great curated post of some other great posts about punctuation. One is a very entertaining Lonely Island song. 



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Facebook finally allowing users to clean up grammar, spelling in posts - Raw Story

Facebook finally allowing users to clean up grammar, spelling in posts - Raw Story | Punctuation is fun! | Scoop.it
Raw Story
Facebook finally allowing users to clean up grammar, spelling in posts
Raw Story
It's no longer necessary to live with typos and other mistakes in your Facebook posts.
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Facebook releases a long-requested feature, to edit status updates, though this doesn't automatically mean your feed will suddenly be bereft of terrible grammar mistakes and wurdz liek ths, because the users must actually give a F*@& about the way they present themselves online. Being able to edit doesn't necessarily mean people will edit themselves.

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Cursive letters offer more than aesthetic, study says - Christian Science Monitor

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Christian Science Monitor Cursive letters offer more than aesthetic, study says Christian Science Monitor Students were learning cursive, or learning to print letters, or both – the study suggests that students just learning cursive reaped benefits...
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Definitely interesting to note that the "art" of writing and the information contained therein about personality, etc, only really apply to cursive. 


I'm thoroughly in the camp of retaining cursive writing. Learning at a meta level that form is nearly as important as function is important. 

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The Word: Words we could use in English - Pittsburgh Post Gazette

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The Word: Words we could use in English Pittsburgh Post Gazette Today we give a plug to a marvelous blog offered by group of 15 library workers at the main branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in Oakland called the Eleventh Stack...
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A great list of words that we should adopt as English speakers. Sometimes, our some 1,000,000 words just don't quite express exactly the sentiment you are looking for. Check these out and steal them from other languages if you'd like!

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The Curious History of Punctuation: Author Reveals the Beginnings ...

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All things we humans use, from our advanced mobile phones to our very arms and legs, reached their current states through a process of evolution. The same,
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Awesome little snippet about how all punctuation marks became what they are today through evolution and a series of cultural re-applications. Many punctuation marks began as short hand version of common phrases, such as "pound weight" becoming, instead, a simple "#."

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How 5 Decades of Hispanic Immigration Gave Miami Its Own Unique English ... - The Atlantic Cities

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The Atlantic Cities
How 5 Decades of Hispanic Immigration Gave Miami Its Own Unique English ...
The Atlantic Cities
For decades, Florida's most well-known dialect was the one made famous by author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.
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Fascinating lingustic study on how the English language is constantly evolving due to exposure to other cultures and communities. Languages of all types are always changing -- they are hardly the stiff, strict communication devices many people believe them to be. 

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The future of handwriting

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This is the second in our Future Of series, where we analyze and dissect one facet of life that's been impacted by digital technology. Today, we look at handwriting.



From the ...
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It's crazy to think that cursive (and handwritten items in general) could be on their way out. Who made that call? What happens when we finally crash down from the electronic wave we a riding? 


Handwriting should, without a doubt, be taught in all schools. Not only is it a piece of history -- what happens if your phone/tablet/computer gets fried? How do you communicate? 

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The 5 Reasons Girls Type Like Thissss

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Thaaaanks is the new thanks so much.
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This is brilliant. Check out the inner workings of the female psyche as relates to text on the web and punctuation.

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Reasons for Living: Punctuation and My (Weird) Self - Delivering Happiness

Reasons for Living: Punctuation and My (Weird) Self - Delivering Happiness | Punctuation is fun! | Scoop.it
Delivering Happiness - Reasons for Living: Punctuation and My (Weird) Self delivering happiness, book, happiness, delivering, at work, zappos, Tony Hsieh, business, corporate culture, entrepreneur
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Don't be afraid to let what's inside your own parenthetical out. 

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Two spaces after a period: Why you should never, ever do it.

Two spaces after a period: Why you should never, ever do it. | Punctuation is fun! | Scoop.it
Can I let you in on a secret? Typing two spaces after a period is totally, completely, utterly, and inarguably wrong. And yet people who use two spaces are everywhere, their ugly error crossing every social boundary of class, education, and taste.
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Even though I was taught 2 spaces after a period, I actually agree here. I never understood the need for the second space, and in the digital world, all computers render two spaces as one unless they are specifically told not to. 

 

While many consider changes like this the crumbling foundation of an amazing old institution, I am personally pro-punctuation evolution. Freeing people of some of the arbitrary rules within the English language gives the writer freedom to express themselves in a new way. Commas are a fabulous way to express this. A comma that may not be grammatically correct can still convey great meaning in a sentence and manipulate a reader's understanding of that sentence in fun or exciting ways. 

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Melissa Volkmann's comment, January 23, 2013 2:13 PM
I'm totally a two-spacer and I never quite understood it either. It's a really hard habit to break. I'll have to work on it...
Daniel Reeves's comment, January 30, 2013 8:18 AM
A Phenomenon I was previously unaware of, I shall now scower every piece of text I come across and dis the author accordingly!
Laura Brown's comment, March 8, 2013 12:29 AM
I was told the two spaces thing too. I ignored it, except for the one class in college where they marked me down for not doing it. They also wanted US spelling in a Canadian college. That really made me angry. But, you do what you have to do sometimes. I don't spell anything the US way now.
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59 Quick Slang Phrases From The 1920s We Should Start Using Again

59 Quick Slang Phrases From The 1920s We Should Start Using Again | Punctuation is fun! | Scoop.it
37. Mrs. Grundy: an uptight or very straight-laced individual
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Creative punctuation is not the only way to spiff up your written words. Check out these "darb" slang phrases from the 1920s!

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Punctuation Personalities - Patheos

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Marc Cortez shared the above image in honor of National Punctuation Day, which I had no idea that it was today. But I liked it enough that I thought it was worth passing on. Filed Under: humor Tagged With: funny, humor, ...
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Awesome! Which punctuation mark are you? I'm feel like I'm a cross between a "."and ";."

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What Elvish, Klingon, and Dothraki Reveal about Real Language & the Essence of Human Communication

What Elvish, Klingon, and Dothraki Reveal about Real Language & the Essence of Human Communication | Punctuation is fun! | Scoop.it
Why a good language, like a good life, requires both rules and messiness.

Language, Darwin believed, was not a conscious invention but a
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"Conlangs," a fictional language created by an autor or a screenwriter to develop opposing cultures and peoples, are fascinating beasts. This short animation introduces linguistic n00bs to how languages develop, change, and become unique over time -- using common conlangs to explain the differences.

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Celebrate National Punctuation Day by checking out these big ...

Celebrate National Punctuation Day by checking out these big ... | Punctuation is fun! | Scoop.it
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Commas, question marks, semi-colons -- not exactly the most exciting stuff, right? However, punctuation does matter. It mattered especially on Tuesday -- National Punctuation Day.
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So sad I missed National Punctuation Day, but here is a pretty entertaining video about punctuation fails, good for any day of the year. Enjoy!

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Twerking, Cyrus, swag and the lexicon of today - The Detroit News

Twerking, Cyrus, swag and the lexicon of today - The Detroit News | Punctuation is fun! | Scoop.it
Twerking, Cyrus, swag and the lexicon of today The Detroit News Way ahead of the game, the online urban dictionary (which is always my go-to reference on all matters of grammar, linguistics and syntax) “twerk” was the “word for the day” back in May...
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Always interesting to see how the English language evolves with the influence from meme, the internet, and pop culture. Cultural influence has always been a massive game-changer for English, but the culture of the web is rapidly gaining on how we, English speakers, actually speak. 

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This glorious and unruly English language that lets everyone in - The Guardian

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The Guardian
This glorious and unruly English language that lets everyone in
The Guardian
What did the English ever do for us? Unlike the Romans in The Life of Brian, not much in the way of aqueducts or wine.
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Most people consider the English language a bear -- an incredibly difficult, unrewarding language to work with on a daily basis (even native speakers). But, really, it's just being inclusive. 


This article sheds some light on the beautiful, accepting, flexible language that English actually has become based on the massive amount of cultural input from its speakers. 

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Miscellany № 37: welcome to :Düsseldorf

Miscellany № 37: welcome to :Düsseldorf | Punctuation is fun! | Scoop.it
[bibshow file=http://dl.dropbox.com/s/wp1cp5pa9tekoii/library.bib?dl=1] I must apologise for the radio silence this past weekend; my wife and I were visiting...
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Cute move on behalf of Dusseldorf.. using their own cultural punctuation to bridge the gap between "now" and "then,"by cleverly working a common emoticon into their name. 

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Is Grammar Dead? - The Social Robot

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Is Grammar Dead?
The Social Robot
dino Between changes in educational laws, curriculum, technology, and coursework, it can be argued that grammar is becoming less and less important.
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While I agree that grammar is an important part of the English language -- at the end of the day, breaking down and re-making grammar rules is an evolution of the English language, not a degeneration. 


Insights on how to become more expressive, more soulful, and more meaningful with written words will only come from the rule-breakers.  

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You're using that dash wrong - The Week Magazine

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The Week Magazine
You're using that dash wrong
The Week Magazine
h, the dash — the all-purpose punctuation mark.
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Dashes are just as tricky as "there," "their," and "they're." This article concisely explains exactly how to use all the dash versions from hyphen to em.

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18 obsolete words, which never should have gone out of style

18 obsolete words, which never should have gone out of style | Punctuation is fun! | Scoop.it
Help bring them back.
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English is a giant mishmash of many different cultures, time periods, and people's influence. Many people just make up their own words and if they are adopted by English speakers.. they are "in the club," so to speak. 

 

But, this low barrier to entry is also one of the things I love about the English language -- how flexible, funny, and nuanced in meaning words can become. This article lists 18 great words that we should take back from obscurity! 

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Being an Adverb - Lingua Franca - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Being an Adverb - Lingua Franca - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Punctuation is fun! | Scoop.it
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Adverbs are not monsters. They provide context and life to otherwise super boring prose. Long live the adverb!

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Hyperbole and a Half: The Alot is Better Than You at Everything

Hyperbole and a Half: The Alot is Better Than You at Everything | Punctuation is fun! | Scoop.it
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This is, quite possibly, one of my biggest pet peeves in the entire universe. "Alot" is not, in fact, a word. 

 

Ally of Hyperbole and a Half does a wonderful job making light of this English language atrocity. :D

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