pandemo (pandemo) wrote,

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Sometimes, thoughts just jell in strange places:

    With increasing annoyance, I decry the substitution of and/or as unpunctuated separators between items in a series and the refusal to use a ; to connect two complete sentences. Not only do these practices cause confusion, they also destroy the beauty of our language.

    In fact, I’m sooooo old, I even still want a comma after an introductory clause, now seemingly hopelessly lost to us. I also miss adverbs. They were stately, expressive, concise. (now seeming hopeless lost? Say, WHAT?)

    In my experience, muddled or lacking punctuation limits the clarity of thought, the smooth transmission of exacting ideas, and ultimately, distracts from the real message, miring all parties in nonessentials made suddenly consequential by our increasing inability to clearly and cleanly understand each other.
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