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Making a point: the persnickety story of English punctuation

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2015
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"The triumphant concluding volume in David Crystal's classic trilogy on the English language combines the first history of English punctuation with a complete guide on how to use it. Behind every punctuation mark lies a thousand stories. The punctuation of English, marked with occasional rationality, is founded on arbitrariness and littered with oddities. For a system of a few dozen marks it generates a disproportionate degree of uncertainty and passion, inspiring organizations like the Apostrophe Protection Society and sending enthusiasts, correction-pens in hand, in a crusade against error across the United States. Professor Crystal leads us through this minefield with characteristic wit, clarity, and commonsense. In David Crystal's Making a Point, he gives a fascinating account of the origin and progress of every kind of punctuation mark over one and a half millennia and offers sound advice on how punctuation may be used to meet the needs of every occasion and context"--
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subject_facetEnglish language -- Punctuation
title_displayMaking a point : the persnickety story of English punctuation
title_fullMaking a point : the persnickety story of English punctuation / David Crystal
title_shortMaking a point
title_subthe persnickety story of English punctuation
topic_facetEnglish language
Punctuation