In a world without punctuation, more accidents might happen.
This video by the Brazilian Press Association (ABI) shows the damage a misplaced comma can do.
Lynne Truss in 2003 proclaimed the "zero-tolerance approach to punctuation", presenting funny misplaced commas, such as the case of the panda who "eats, shoots and leaves" (instead of sticking to a healthy diet of shoots and leaves), and the sign warning "slow children crossing".
Corrupt judges, gangster pandas and slow children are just three sorry examples of what happens when the comma gets no respect. Eat, Pray, Love, a Hollywood film starring Julia Roberts, is yet another. The original book title by Elizabeth Gilbert included commas, but the cover illustrator decided they weren't decorative enough. Taking their cue from the cover, the film producers have dropped the commas entirely. So what does the title mean now? What are we supposed to be eating, darling? Eat prey, love!
Don't, wait! Elizabeth Gilbert showed us the essentials of living well by taking us round the world, and in the quiz on the next page we're going to show you the essentials of using commas well by taking you up a mountain. Don't wait!
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