Or in other words, why punctuation is more important than spelling.
This daily prompt has indeed prompted many thoughts – I have an issue with overusing (misusing?) hyphens, ellipses, and commas. However, I personally believe that it is far more important to use punctuation correctly than spelling.
In the news recently, I’ve seen a vast array of articles warning of the importance of great spelling in job applications, because we have grown so reliant on spell check that we have simply forgotten how to spell. But have you ever come across a misspelled word so badly spelled that it became incomperhnesible?
You seemed to do just fine with my spelling of incomprehensible.
But, consider the following sentences (which I think are subject of a book I haven’t read but seem to have a copy of in my downstairs loo?):
- “Strangely, the panda only eats shoots and leaves.”
- “Strangely, the panda only eats, shoots, and leaves.”
And thus the horror of misusing punctuation appears. It is the difference, my friend, between a homicidal mammal and a hungry teddy. But if I had merely misspelled ‘panda’? I think then that we would be far safer from potential serial killer pandas, and also be more inclined to type.
Inspired by this.