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 punctuation?
An English professor wrote the words,
"A woman without her man is nothing"
on the blackboard and directed the students to punctuate it correctly.
The men wrote: "A woman, without her man, is nothing."
The women wrote: "A woman: without her, man is nothing."