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Ecaterina Sanalatii

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Does punctuation and spelling still matter?

Punctuation marks are symbols that indicate structure and organisation. Spelling is the action of writing symbols so that these constitute meaningful structure (words) that in turn create longer structures (sentences, paragraphs, etc.) that convey meaning.

But in the current world where technology is used more and more for communication purposes, what is the importance of correct spelling and punctuation? Isn't spelling reform a good idea? Do we still need punctuation?

Candidate for a Pullet Surprise
by Mark Eckman and Jerrold H. Zar

I have a spelling checker,
It came with my PC.
It plane lee marks four my revue
Miss steaks aye can knot sea.

Eye ran this poem threw it,
Your sure reel glad two no.
Its vary polished in it's weigh.
My checker tolled me sew.

A checker is a bless sing,
It freeze yew lodes of thyme.
It helps me right awl stiles two reed,
And aides me when eye rime.

Each frays come posed up on my screen
Eye trussed too bee a joule.
The checker pours o'er every word
To cheque sum spelling rule.

Bee fore a veiling checker's
Hour spelling mite decline,
And if we're lacks oar have a laps,
We wood bee maid too wine.

Butt now bee cause my spelling
Is checked with such grate flare,
Their are know fault's with in my cite,
Of nun eye am a wear.

Now spelling does knot phase me,
It does knot bring a tier.
My pay purrs awl due glad den
With wrapped word's fare as hear.

To rite with care is quite a feet
Of witch won should bee proud,
And wee mussed dew the best wee can,
Sew flaw's are knot aloud.
Sow ewe can sea why aye dew prays
Such soft wear four pea seas,
And why eye brake in two averse
Buy righting want too pleas.

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  • Jan 12 2012: Did you hear about the punctuation graffiti artists in America? I don't know if they are still active but I sincerely hope so, who bravely took it upon themselves to covertly correct public signage, particularly the abuse of the apostrophe. They were or are called The Typo Eradication Advancement League. Fanbloodytastic to mongrelise an adjective.

    I saw a Melvyn Bragg Channel 4 documentary about the english language where he said the greatest survivor story of all time is the language that came from a small Scandinavian race called the Angles, I think they may have been Danes but I could be wrong.

    Certainly in the UK the work of William Tyndale seems cruelly neglected in comparison to Caxton, and as for that harlot King James, well, as Sonny Boy Williamson once said,

    "donchoo start me talkin'...well I could talk all nite..."

    English became dominant through its ability to shape shift, evolve and stay one step ahead of the others. There's a funny TED talk by I can't remember who, shame on me, but the French have a society for the upkeep of their language and it is full of old farts who are so far behind the times they can only be ridiculed. They are hopelessly elitist and should be mocked, if gently so.

    TTFN

    Tigger said that
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      Jan 15 2012: Back to my panda example - there is a book entitled "Eats, Shoots &Leaves! by Lynne Truss. She includes a 'Punctuation repair kit' - stick-on apostrophes for the public correction of the many 'Valentines Day' (incorrectly spelled without an apostrophe) and 'Pizza's' (vice versa).

      PS: Acronym for Type Eradication Advancement League - TEaD :)

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