Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Puncuation and Horses

I received an interesting piece about the history of punctuation in my Ragan Daily Headlines. And it got me thinking about my feelings toward the little ink spots, and how I decribe them to my 8-year-old lately.

Period <.> The horses pulling up after a Sunday morning ride.

Comma <,> Moving from a trot to a walk to catch one's breath.

Semicolon <;> Changing directions.

Colon <:> Salutes the coming list.

Question mark This horse doesn't get out much, so why let him down when he's out?

Exclamation point The awkward cheerleader of the written word.

Ampersand <&> If someone wants to use this mark in text, the individual should first go to court for permission.

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