The Importance of Punctuation and Grammar Could Be Life or Death!

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Old 06-30-2019, 11:34 PM
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Yes, a comma was the case of life or death. Empress Maria Feodorovna, historically saved a man’s life by changing a comma. When she took the comma out of the Tzar’s orders it meant the man must be pardoned. With the comma in (as the Tzar intended) the order meant that pardoning the man was impossible, he must be executed. Tzars ruled by divine privilege, they were accountable to no one.

‘A woman, without her man, is nothing.’ The females in the class wrote: ‘A woman: without her, man is nothing.’ Punctuation can be powerful.

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If I may seque just a little within this topic of how the way we use our language can be delightfully funny, I would like to throw in one of my favorites, the malapropism — mixing up words that sound close but have completely different meanings.

Example: I went to a home decor and remodeling show where lots of vendors were hawking their various wares from rented booths. One booth was selling mattresses.

They had a big professionally printed sign extolling all the wonderful ways in which sleeping on their adjustable mattress could improve health and comfort. It was a long list of how whatever was ailing you would miraculously get better.

My favorite was that the mattress would help someone who had a “hiatus” hernia. (I thought, “”Wow! That must have been some leave, vacation, sabbatical, break — maybe too much salsa dancing? Weight lifting camp?” Made me wonder.)

Mrs. Malaprop was a character in a play. She mixed up words in a funny way.

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Okay. A malapropism appropriate for this thread...

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A great malapropism (from my friend): We had a neighbor who was also a house painter. I asked him to come in and look at painting the family room.

We discussed what needed doing and he asked me for my color preference. Not being gifted in the color department, I told him so and asked him to recommend his choice. "No, no," he insisted, "the choice must be yours." "But Ashley," I insisted, "I really am not good at this and I don’t want to choose because I’ll probably get it wrong." "Now, now," he replied, "I don’t want to hear any of that self-defecation." And so it has been, ever since.
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A great malapropism (from my friend): We had a neighbor who was also a house painter. I asked him to come in and look at painting the family room.

We discussed what needed doing and he asked me for my color preference. Not being gifted in the color department, I told him so and asked him to recommend his choice. "No, no," he insisted, "the choice must be yours." "But Ashley," I insisted, "I really am not good at this and I don’t want to choose because I’ll probably get it wrong." "Now, now," he replied, "I don’t want to hear any of that self-defecation." And so it has been, ever since.


That's a good one!
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Yes, except Eats gets its point across with humor.
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Because of all the complaints about Alexia listening in on conversations they
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It doesn't listen to ANYTHING!
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A great malapropism (from my friend): We had a neighbor who was also a house painter. I asked him to come in and look at painting the family room.

We discussed what needed doing and he asked me for my color preference. Not being gifted in the color department, I told him so and asked him to recommend his choice. "No, no," he insisted, "the choice must be yours." "But Ashley," I insisted, "I really am not good at this and I don’t want to choose because I’ll probably get it wrong." "Now, now," he replied, "I don’t want to hear any of that self-defecation." And so it has been, ever since.
I would not have it any other way.
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