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As an editor, punctuation and I have a love/hate relationship, because I am constantly having to lovingly add it and ruthlessly delete it, all according to my own editorial whims. If I had to pick one, I'd say I'm most fond of the asterisk*. But I was born a question mark, and I'll likely die a question mark, curious to the end, which is not the worst way to live, really.

* Because I always have at least one more thought after we were actually done with that topic.


I like the dash best of all. It is all about the dash and what it includes in ones life on a tombstone or marker. The dash wins the price for most inclusive. So Ann brown-what say you? Loved this musing.


I stopped reading after I learned that Peppermint Schnapps is the official drink of the day.


Peppermint Schnapps? That's only for apres-skiing isn't it?? I'm kind of with Barbara there. The one I love the most is...Ellipsis! I overuse it constantly. I don't know what the rules regarding it are...but I love those little...Periods seem so final. Is it three dots or four? Dunno...but I love them.


Like Madge, my mom loved the dash. I always wanted to ask her if she loved the dash because she was intimidated by punctuation but I never did.

I love your blog about punctuation. We all have our favorite. Mine are quotation marks. I will read anything in quotes. As a child, I remember skimming over the exposition, dying to get to the dialog. And now, when someone is telling me a story, I always find myself saying, "So what did you say? What did he say? What did she say?" I don't really ask what people did, but what they said.

I love your comment about the noble period.

My college son's room mate told him once, "Your mom will put an exclamation point after everything. I think she uses it to say 'I like you.'" (See how I shoved in the quotes? And how cute gay guy I am to comment parenthetically?)

Ann, I loved your blog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


let's hear it for the semi- colon... !


Small correction: i think that you meant Cathy (introspective, English accent, not Patty -- much like the Boston version of Hayley Mills in the non Lindsey Lohan Parent Trap.

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