The Seven Deadly Sins Of Punctuation

ROFL 27-09-2014

Are you committing a deadly grammar sin? Don’t let your mistakes send you to punctuation purgatory.

For goodness’ sake, learn to use punctuation properly How To Use Punctuation Marks Correctly How well do you understand the use of punctuation marks. Hmm! Have you ever used a dash instead of an em dash; Read More . Need help? Here, allow us to explain it using bacon Proper Punctuation Explained With Bacon Mastering punctuation marks can be tough. Read More . Yeh, you’re welcome.

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  1. Kathryn
    October 4, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Sorry, but in the US (U.S.), punctuation goes inside quotation marks (inverted commas) regardless. Ohio State University offered this historical explanation:

    "In the days when printing used raised bits of metal, "." and "," were the most delicate, and were in danger of damage (the face of the piece of type might break off from the body, or be bent or dented from above) if they had a '"' on one side and a blank space on the other. Hence the convention arose of always using '."' and ',"' rather than '".' and '",', regardless of logic." This seems to be an argument to return to something more logical, but there is little impetus to do so within the United States."

    After all, if it works, and everyone agrees, why change it?

    I am an editor and see this error happening with growing frequency, and it's due to poor research and adherence to style guides. Seeing this helped me understand why writers are getting confused.

    Considering this is basic information that can be found in several style guides, you may wish to clarify which convention you're using. British English, Canadian English, etc. But this is not correct for US English.

    • Gene
      November 12, 2014 at 8:53 am

      I agree with your comment.

  2. AustynSN
    September 28, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    I lost all respect for the author and quit reading when I read the one about "periods in acronyms" and the examples were "U.S.A., U.C.L.A., T.V., and C.N.N." First of all, whether or not the periods belong is mildly debatable. However , these certainly are NOT ACRONYMS. Unless it's pronounced as a new word, it's not an acronym. USA, UCLA, TV, and CNN are all pronounced by saying the letters themselves. They're initializations, not acronyms. Acronyms are words like Scuba (Self contained underwater breathing apparatus), Geico (Government Employees Insurance COmpany), NASA, (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), and RAM (Random Access memory)

    • B Wainhouse
      October 9, 2014 at 8:05 am

      Correct, this article is a joke.

      Jackson Chung, perhaps reading the crap before you copy and paste in future, it will prevent damage to your reputation

  3. Neolog
    September 28, 2014 at 10:21 am

    A great idea for an article.
    Now we just need someone who can write, to turn these outline notes into something well-thought-out and intelligible.
    Unfortunately, the writer is well out of his depth!

  4. Dan
    September 27, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    The infographic is needlessly pedantic, and based on an outdated standard punctuation system. Oxford commas are no longer required, though I use one myself. Punctuation marks inside quotation marks are no longer standard, and I no longer do so myself. Quotation marks can be used instead of italics, especially with typewriters and handwriting. *Sigh*

    • Kathryn
      October 4, 2014 at 2:48 pm

      Exactly. As an editor I look for consistency when I spot an Oxford comma. (I prefer them, myself.)

  5. Peter S
    September 27, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Good idea to expose these commonly occurring errors but, in my humble opinion, the article/infographic definitely needs right and wrong examples and/or an explanation of the punctuation rules applicable.

    Some of your examples assume a pretty high level of proficiency.

    Using punctuation correctly:
    1. Periods: e.g. He ran down the road.
    • In Questions 1 and 2 below, which is correct?
    1. (full stops.) or (fullstops).
    2. She said "... run before it rains". or " ... run before it rains."
    • Reason/s and/or include the rules for periods/fullstops.

    2. Commas: e.g.
    • Which is correct?
    Repeat as per 1 above

  6. George Eckard
    September 27, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Thanks for making these as clear as mud. Example you use sometimes show what your saying and sometimes the opposite.

  7. wally
    September 27, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    WOW. really. i have no idea what i am reading. comma's before months and years. Is it a sin or isn't a sin? I assume you are writing this for someone who has no idea about grammar (like me). Well, I have no idea what is right and what is wrong in this graphic.

    I would seriously take this down and redo it.

    great idea, because I need something like this.

  8. Nic
    September 27, 2014 at 7:45 am

    As useful and interesting as this is, it might benefit from having a wrong and right example for each one in order to make things explicit.

  9. John
    September 27, 2014 at 7:21 am

    As a non-native speaker, I have to admit I had no idea about a couple of these. Nor do I know what "em dashes" or "en dashes" are.

    Hightlight? Yeah, that would be Muphry's Law. :)'s_law

    • Dann A
      September 28, 2014 at 2:48 pm

      I had never hear of Muphry's Law—that's fantastic! And, as far as I know, pretty much always right. :-)

    • Dann A
      September 28, 2014 at 2:52 pm

      Damn it. I had never HEARD of Muphry's Law.

  10. Swerve
    September 27, 2014 at 6:46 am

    :D This was so cool. The links were great too.

  11. Ben S
    September 27, 2014 at 6:01 am

    This is fantastic. All of these anger me, and I hope more people fix their grammar!

    • Scott
      September 27, 2014 at 11:05 am

      But first they need to spell-check their graphic. "Quotation marks to hightlight information" ??

  12. Towab Muhammad Yusuf
    September 27, 2014 at 5:09 am

    I am enlarging your image it to good .