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""...Where the [period] is daddy and the comma is mummy, and the semicolon quietly practices the piano with crossed hands, the exclamation mark is the big attention-deficit brother who gets over-excited and breaks things and laughs too loudly."
(Eats, Shoots & Leaves p.138)

I giggled at this description; I probably could not have described any sort of punctuation in such a characteristic way. It is a sensible description though. I can imagine the exclamation mark, or point (for some reason, mark sounds more correct to me now), being a raucous bull in a china shop.

I can't even believe how interesting a book on punctuation can be. I'm learning - AND HAVING FUN TOO! Look at that, I'm having so much fun that I caps-locked. But truly, I am enjoying myself, reading a punctuation book at 11:30 PM. I have to admire Truss's ability as a writer, because making a book about punctuation be fun to read is quite an impressive accomplishment.

Part of my jovial mood is partly due to my brand new turntable! Old-school rules!

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