You’ve heard me say that prop­er punc­tu­a­tion is nec­es­sary to clear­ly get your mes­sage across. Some­times the punc­tu­a­tion makes sub­tle dif­fer­ences (like using em dash­es instead of paren­the­ses); oth­er times, even just basic punc­tu­a­tion makes a big dif­fer­ence:

Look at these 8 exam­ples of mes­sages that com­plete­ly change based on punc­tu­a­tion:

1. Don’t wear black peo­ple.

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2. Has blade, named Sting.

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3. Stop club­bing, baby seals.

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4. Let’s eat Grand­pa.

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5. I had eggs, toast and orange juice.

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6. Rachael Ray finds inspi­ra­tion in cook­ing her fam­i­ly and her dog.

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7. I love her peri­od.

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8. It’s rain­ing, cats and dogs.

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Hope you enjoyed these.

Do you know of any oth­ers? Share them in the com­ments below.

About Kim Siever

I am a copy­writer and copy­ed­i­tor. I blog on writ­ing tips most­ly, but I some­times throw in my thoughts about run­ning a small busi­ness.

Fol­low me on Twit­ter at @hotpepper.

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