In praise of the Interrobang?!

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “By the Dots.”

We all have strange relationships with punctuation — do you overuse exclamation marks? Do you avoid semicolons like the plague? What type of punctuation could you never live without? Tell us all about your punctuation quirks!

I am a punctuation pedant. I read quickly, and yet when I see a punctuation error, it is like hitting a speed bump, at speed. Any engagement with the piece is lost; the author’s credibility is indelibly dented.

On the other hand, correctly used punctuation can exquisitely convey subtleties of meaning and tone. When talking, we pause, we change speed, we stress certain words or phrases, and all of this to help us communicate more effectively. Punctuation helps replicate or capture this. Continue reading

Super sight, or a sense of smell?

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Super Sensitive.”

If you were forced to give up one sense, but gain super-sensitivity in another, which senses would you choose?

It is almost Faustian, I would agree to abandon one sense in order to gain super-sensitivity in another. Sight, it has to be sight. I would want super sight. Sight and hearing are my two favorite senses. But with extra-sensitive hearing, I would always be afraid I might Continue reading