The (Very Funny) Importance of Punctuation
The following two letters contain exactly the same words, but
different punctuation. Notice how the meaning is completely changed.
Better be careful when you're texting.
DEAR JOHN LETTER ONE:
I want a man who knows what love is all about. You are generous,
kind, thoughtful. People who are not like you admit to being useless
and inferior. You have ruined me for other men. I yearn for you. I
have no feelings whatsoever when we’re apart. I can be forever
happy–will you let me be yours? Gloria
DEAR JOHN LETTER TWO:
I want a man who knows what love is. All about you are generous,
kind, thoughtful people, who are not like you. Admit to being
useless and inferior. You have ruined me. For other men, I yearn.
For you, I have no feelings whatsoever. When we’re apart, I can be
forever happy. Will you let me be? Yours, Gloria
Another funny example of different meanings with different
An English professor wrote the words,
"A woman without her man is nothing"
on the blackboard and directed the students to punctuate it
The men wrote: "A woman, without her man, is nothing."
The women wrote: "A woman: without her, man is nothing."
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