Dear Whoever Has Failed To See the Difference One Measly Comma Can Make,  10/23/2011

     I never thought about the difference one simple, little mark of punctuation can make. I mean, nobody really does, if we forget one nobody besides out grammar teachers are gonna get on our case, right? I noticed this a few times this week. So I took it as a sign and here I am. Check out these examples and see if, you can tell the difference of a comma or a period, the little things that “don’t” matter:

ex. #1) “Let’s eat Grandpa!”      OR

       #2) “Let’s eat, Grandpa!”

     Do you see the difference? In the first it’s saying let’s go cannibalistic and eat poor Grandpa over there. In the second, the speaker is telling their Grandpa that it’s time to eat ; their meal more than likely food.  See? One comma can be the difference between being a cannibal and being a good grandchild. Here’s the last stanza of a poem:

But soon your life goes on,

without another thought,

of the teary-eyed lady and her torn apart teenage daughter,

buying applesauce,

soon on their way home,

to care for a dying man, with undying love,

Focus on the last line: to care for a dying man, with undying love, 

Now see there’s 2 commas in this line. If you removed the first comma it’d look like this: to care for a man with undying love,

The remaining comma would mark the end of the line and that’d be it. Without the first comma, the meaning of the last line and the whole feel of the poem would be changed. It would make the line mean that they were caring for the man and the man had undying love.

With  both commas in it’d make the line have yet have another meaning the one the writer chose to go with and that from the way the whole poem is, makes a lot more sense. With both commas it’s saying that the lady and the daughter are going home to care for the dying man with THEIR undying love. See the difference? Did I explain that good enough? The man is on the receiving end of the undying love instead of the one having it and dishing it out.  So now I have to ask, do you see the difference a comma can make?

     Some grammar professionals want to get  rid of punctuation all together! Can you believe that? Our world would be filled with guessing, nothing 100% certain. It would be a gigantic guessing game. Already books are being banned, most schools aren’t being required to teach cursive writing, people watch the movies before reading the books (if they even read the books at all, which most don’t anymore), text talk is all over, while new words are being added to the dictionary all the time, words are also falling out of people’s vocabularies and being forgotten, and the grammar people of the world are trying to abolish punctuation. What’s next to be taken out of our literary world?

     How are we, as writers and in my case future writers, going to create worlds without our precious words? Think about it, it’s like a sketch artist without their pencil, a cook without it’s kitchen, or it’s a photographer without their camera. Kinda hard to do their jobs, yes?

     Here’s a dare to prove what I’m saying is true, I encourage you to try it: Find the physically closest person to you and ask them to tell you a story. Any story. Let them start to, then say something along the lines of “Ooops! I forgot to tell you- you can’t use words.” Watch their reaction. Bafflement? Confusion? Is it hard? Yes? Yes.

     So remember your commas! Dot your i’s and cross your t’s! Also please check out these awesome websites:

This one is to excersise your grammar skills and keep you sharp as you have fun: http://www.kwarp.com/portfolio/grammarninja.html

This one is where you can adopt words for free after you search through words that have been dropped from most people’s vocabularies and that nobody has probably heard: www.savethewords.org

                                                -the one who has had a grammar lesson or two, eshy,

 

 

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