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Castlelake

Ah, the power of punctuation

Posted on 2007.05.12 at 22:02
Current Mood: geekygeeky
Current Music: stupid tp commerical
Ran across this today.   The meaning of the same words can change quite a bit depending on the judicious application of punctuation.  (As a beta reader, I need to keep this in mind.)

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

What Gloria really meant was this:

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

This is from this site which has a lot of fun crap on it:  http://mcraeclan.com/Graeme/Language/index.htm

Comments:


daeomae at 2007-05-13 06:17 (UTC) (Link)
*snickers* Yes, there is a HUGE difference between the first and second letters there, lol. ;)

*Mwah*
elfscribe5
elfscribe5 at 2007-05-13 19:08 (UTC) (Link)
Fun, ain't it?
Talullah
talullahred at 2007-05-13 07:33 (UTC) (Link)
lol!! I much prefer the second version. ;)
elfscribe5
elfscribe5 at 2007-05-13 19:08 (UTC) (Link)

Definitely, me too. *g*
Minuial Nuwing
minuial_nuwing at 2007-05-13 12:23 (UTC) (Link)
**hee** Ah, the power of the comma and the period!

**hugs**
elfscribe5
elfscribe5 at 2007-05-13 19:09 (UTC) (Link)
Amazing, totally. Hugs back.
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