What ? There's a new punctuation ? Did something happen and I missed it ?
Got your attention !
Well, this is actually very humble, but I really felt it needed to be done. I've been using The New Punctuation for awhile now, and at this point it would be hard to go back.
The problem I noticed was that certain parts of our punctuation were getting squashed - so crowded and compressed they were getting hidden in the surrounding verbal landscape, and could even be missed. They were being deprived of their natural beauty and dignity - even prevented from doing their job.
It felt like intimidation to me. It felt like discrimination and harassment. I had to do something, and I did. Here are the problems I noticed - and the changes I've made :
- An exclamation point crushed into the word it follows. I saw this! - and I've changed it to this !
- A question mark pressed into the last word of the question it follows. I saw this? - and I've turned it into this ?
- A semicolon pressed tightly against the last word of the phrase it follows. Such a lovely and important part of our punctuation - but you could miss it entirely. Instead of this; - I do this ;
- A colon oppressed in the same way as the semicolon and the rest. It's always been this: - but I'm doing this :
Just a single space between the word and the punctuation - but do you see the difference ? It's just a little more gracious. It lets the punctuation breathe.
There it is, my small flag I'm planting in the ground of our language. What do you think ? Will you be an early adapter ? If you want to join the movement, help me out by passing this further - Tweet it, Facebook it, email it to a friend.
Free the Punctuation 4 ! Viva The New Punctuation ! Viva la Revolucion !
Jeff Smith RN, born 1950. A registered nurse since 1984 - but holistic in my outlook to health since probably around 1968. Living Waters Wellness considers not just the health of the physical body, but our soul and spirit, our social forms, our environment - and as a matter of fact, our whole earth. It's a new website, and a work in progress - but by all means, have a look around !