Monday, November 9, 2009

It's Never Too Late to be Punctual

Aldus Manutius, the Venetian typographer and printer who gave us portable books and italic letters in the late 15th century, is also known to be the inventor of the semi-colon. (Wouldn't you like to have that on your resume!) Manutius also was an early proponent of using a period to indicate a full stop at the end of a sentence and a diagonal slash to represent a pause in reading. Consider punctuation as the signposts for written language. Just as the period at the end of a sentence is like the stop sign; the semi-colon, which signals a pause to separate a long list or two independent clauses, is the yellow blinking light. Punctuation assists us when reading and navigating any written text. Use it with care and travel safely!

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