Future of Languages: Zero Tolerance Approach for Punctuation: Tim Brown

Tim Brown writes:Tday's illiterate editors have declared war on serial commas, capitalization and lots of other things I once to love when my world was young. I have won only one recent battle with editors, who finally agreed out of sheer weariness to capitalize Marine in one of my book based on the argument that a Marine as in soldier of the sea is vastly different from marine as in algae, so I wouldn't agree to its being published without that concession.  One must, after all, stand on principle when truly basic beliefs and values are challenged. Of such tiny victories is my life now made.  But, I must confess, I was forced to pay a price In return for Marine; I had to surrender to my editors all my serial commas, plus a slew of semi-colons and even a dash or two, not to mention expunging virtually all my exclamation points. How dreary.  So, now, with your indulgence, I will expend them like machine gun bullets firing them like the former Marine I am at my fellow WAISers. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. Take that, all of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RH: Editors, whom it is unfair to describe as illiterate, have to put up with authors, and, as a WAISer, I trust Marines do not shoot at us innocent bystanders.

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Ronald Hilton 2004


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