from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The use of standard marks and signs in writing and printing to separate words into sentences, clauses, and phrases in order to clarify meaning.
- n. The marks so used.
- n. The act or an instance of punctuating.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A set of symbols and marks which are used to clarify meaning in text by separating strings of words into clauses, phrases and sentences.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act or art of punctuating or pointing a writing or discourse; the art or mode of dividing literary composition into sentences, and members of a sentence, by means of points, so as to elucidate the author's meaning.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In writing and printing, a pointing off or separation of one part from another by arbitrary marks; specifically, the division of a composition into sentences and parts of sentences by the use of marks indicating intended differences of effect by differences of form.
- n. In zoology, the punctures of a punctate surface.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the use of certain marks to clarify meaning of written material by grouping words grammatically into sentences and clauses and phrases
- n. something that makes repeated and regular interruptions or divisions
- n. the marks used to clarify meaning by indicating separation of words into sentences and clauses and phrases
Now,. most people could figure that out,. still my punctuation is as you say not perfect.
On this Mr. Everett remarks, "now the points, commonly so called, have nothing to do with the division of a sentence into its members, or with what we call punctuation; but Mr. English intended to intimate, that according to the accents, the verse should be divided as he proposes." (p. 110, of Mr. Everett's work.)
The system of pointing ( "punctuation" derives from the Latin word punctus ` point ') is too valuable.
Latto: In “Our Forgotten Constitution: A Bicentennial Comment,” 97 Yale L.J. 281 (1987), Akhil Amar shows that the printed copy of the Constitution that was distributed to the states for ratification, differed in punctuation, spelling and capitalization from the engrossed (handwritten) parchment signed by the delegates to the Convention in Philadelphia, which is the version now enshrined in the National Archives.
In “Our Forgotten Constitution: A Bicentennial Comment,” 97 Yale L.J. 281 (1987), Akhil Amar shows that the printed copy of the Constitution that was distributed to the states for ratification, differed in punctuation, spelling and capitalization from the engrossed (handwritten) parchment signed by the delegates to the Convention in Philadelphia, which is the version now enshrined in the National Archives.
See if they'll throw in punctuation for dummies while you're at it.
Watkins says that fashions in punctuation change rapidly.
Always end a sentence in punctuation of some sort.
Remember, punctuation is always at the end of the dialogue and on the inside of the quotes.
Thinking you can write well without knowing the rules of punctuation is like an architect thinking he can design a building without knowing the principles of physics and engineering.