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August 24th, 2007


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09:49 am - Comma Comma Comma Comma Comma Chameleon
Does anyone else get that itch to post if you haven't posted in a few days? It's probably directly related to the amount of comments you're getting.

Also, it's Friday, which means it's Friday fun time. Here are some high-larious links from CollegeHumor.com for you:

Minesweeper: The Movie: What's fucking awesome about this is it almost feels like it could be a real movie. And the tagline rules. As does most everything else about it.

Facebook Off: Cute idea and very topical!

Internet Commenter Business Meeting: A must-see for anyone who has commented on the Internet.

I am currently doing an AMWA workshop called Punctuation for Clarity and Style. It inspired this poll.

Poll #1044555 Did you know a female editor is called an editress?

What is your favorite punctuation mark?

Comma
6(6.7%)
Semicolon
24(27.0%)
Colon
1(1.1%)
Em Dash
12(13.5%)
En Dash
3(3.4%)
Parentheses
10(11.2%)
Square Brackets
3(3.4%)
Hyphen
1(1.1%)
Apostrophe
2(2.2%)
Forward Slash
1(1.1%)
Quotation Marks
2(2.2%)
Ellipses
17(19.1%)
Period
1(1.1%)
Question Mark
1(1.1%)
Exclamation Point
5(5.6%)

What is J.K. Rowling's new favorite punctuation mark?

Colon
26(34.2%)
Colon
8(10.5%)
Colon
17(22.4%)
Colon
16(21.1%)
Colon
9(11.8%)


Feel free to explain your choice in a properly punctuated essay.
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From:the_partyman
Date:August 24th, 2007 08:38 pm (UTC)
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Aaaaaah those videos are great! "pwned!" LMAO!
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From:glasseseater
Date:August 24th, 2007 10:10 pm (UTC)
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After careful consideration I decided there's nothing better in the world than a complete stop. Plus the period is my favorite punctuation mark to abuse. (In elementary school it was parentheses and in high school it was ellipses...)

Commas, colons and semi-colons give me the heebee jeebees. I mean, see that last sentence? I only spent like ten minutes debating the optional comma.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:August 24th, 2007 10:15 pm (UTC)
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SERIAL COMMA FOREVER.
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From:zimshan
Date:August 24th, 2007 11:20 pm (UTC)
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GASP! WHY IS THERE NO COMMA LOVE?! It is the FOUNDATION of all communication, the FRUIT of TRUTH, the seed of the HONEST SPOKEN WORD, the--okay, I'll shut up now.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:August 24th, 2007 11:33 pm (UTC)
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I AGREE.
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From:shpyum
Date:August 24th, 2007 11:46 pm (UTC)
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You'd think it would be parentheses, wouldn't you? Since I live my life parenthetically? But no, I love the ellipses above all else.
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From:sterope
Date:August 25th, 2007 12:55 am (UTC)

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Those videos are fantastic. I want to be friends with the people who made them.
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From:toughcookie42
Date:August 25th, 2007 03:04 am (UTC)
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I sent the minesweeper movie to my siblings and all the girls. It's perfect.
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From:holly96
Date:August 25th, 2007 04:14 am (UTC)
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Minesweeper: The Movie: What's fucking awesome about this is it almost feels like it could be a real movie. And the tagline rules. As does most everything else about it.
Okay, that was the single most wonderful thing I have ever seen.

"It's never the first one." "Nooo!"
"Why are these mines even here?"
"What do we do now?" "Now? We guess."

Oh, and the yellow-face sunglasses dude. Ha!

I chose the em dash. Mostly because I enjoy the key strokes necessary to reproduce it. It requires more effort, thus is must be special. Though, as with all punctuation marks, its overuse can lessen its potency. But used judiciously, it can pack quite a punch. Also, three of them in a row (a 3-em dash) can be used in a references section to indicate when an author is the same as the previous reference. It might be the only punctuation mark that can thus be used to represent something rather than just connect or punctuate something. I dig that.

And now I'm officially a publishing geek.

Have you ever heard of Victor Borge? He was a Danish humorist and pianist (who incidentally bears an uncanny resemblance to my high school band director). I have a DVD with many of his best bits, and he's hilarious. Anyway, getting to the point, one of his most famous bits is phonetic punctuation. Here he is with Dean Martin explaining it and then using it with music. And here, in the bit I first saw, he reads a story. The one with Martin is hilarious, especially toward the end. Anyway, your poll reminded me of it.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:August 25th, 2007 06:50 am (UTC)
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Okay, that was the single most wonderful thing I have ever seen.
WHAT'S YOURS
IS MINE

And now I'm officially a publishing geek.
Very much so.

I have not heard of Victor Borge, but I will watch those thingies tomorrow when I don't want to go to sleep.
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From:hobviously
Date:August 27th, 2007 09:07 pm (UTC)
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A female editor is called an EDITRIX, COW, GOD, NOT A FRAKKING EDITRESS WHERE DO YOU GET THIS STUFF.

AND WHERE IS MY MOTHERFRAKKING INTERROBANG?! JEEBUS. (Although truly, my favoured typographical symbol of the moment is the asterism. I want to get it tattooed!)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:August 27th, 2007 09:27 pm (UTC)
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A female editor is called an EDITRIX, COW, GOD, NOT A FRAKKING EDITRESS
DUDE. I HAD THE WORD "EDITRIX" IN MY HEAD SO I GOOGLED IT AND FOUND A DICTIONARY DEFINITION FOR "EDITRESS" INSTEAD.

AND WHERE IS MY MOTHERFRAKKING INTERROBANG?! JEEBUS.
THE INTERROBANG IS NOT USED IN MEDICAL WRITING. NOR IS THE ASTERISM.
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From:loopychew
Date:August 30th, 2007 06:34 pm (UTC)
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The Connected Ventures (College Humor, etc.) people also did an awesome lipsync to Harvey Danger's "Flagpole Sitta." Wasn't sure if you'd already seen it and I didn't see it listed in any of the thread bases, so I figured I'd post here like a week late.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:August 30th, 2007 06:43 pm (UTC)
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Oh, neat! That was pretty fun. The cute girl at the beginning was freakily spot-on, so she set a high standard that everyone else could not match, but it's still impressive to have done all that in the first take.

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