Punctuation is important? Punctuation is important!
When talking about proofreading it’s common to focus mostly on grammar and spelling, and punctuation is often left out of the discussion. But don’t be fooled – punctuation is something one should pay close attention to while proofreading. Why?
Here is an example of what a little comma, or the absence of one, can do:
An innocent colon can entirely change the meaning of your sentence. How would you punctuate this sentence?
A woman without her man is nothing.
When asking around, about half of the people punctuated the sentence:
A Woman: without her man, is nothing.
The rest of the group preferred this version:
A Woman, without her man, is nothing.
Which did you pick, and what does it say about you?
Misused quotation marks are another common punctuation mistake. Remember: quotation marks are not to be used for emphasis! They should be used, as their name suggests, to quote something. Whenever a quotation mark is misused, a little fairy dies.
Or more realistically, somewhere in the world a restaurant customer dies of food poisoning.
So, take extra care when proofreading your texts, and don’t forget to punctuate properly!
The Ginger Team.