Tuesday, September 15, 2015
After reading a brief narrative about how punctuation evolved over the years, I noticed it had an eerie similarity to the seven Ecumenical Councils.
Wikipedia Note: The first seven Ecumenical Councils, recognized by both the eastern and western branches of Chalcedonian Christianity, were convoked by Christian Roman Emperors, who also enforced the decisions of those councils within the state church of the Roman Empire. Acceptance of councils as ecumenical and authoritative varies between different Christian denominations. Disputes over Christological and other questions have led certain branches to reject some of the councils that others accepted.
The key words in the above text are enforced, acceptance, disputes, and reject. Let’s translate that to today’s world, shall we?
The Enforcers are the Literary Police whose only purpose in life is to point out mistakes. The Acceptee’s are the Readers; they like a good story and don’t dwell on disputable punctuation. The Disputers are unimaginative 12th Grade English teachers and College Professors; they know everything, just ask them. And finally the Rejecters, they're people like me; we play with punctuation like a child plays with Legos.
Out of necessity, jimmy and I convened our own Literary Ecumenical Council to determine our preferred definitions of punctuation.
A Period means stop, start a new sentence, go pee pee, get a drink, or continue reading.
A Comma means you need to take a short breath, or perhaps, you just want to be a drama queen, and, add, an excessive amount of, pauses.
A Semicolon is for a continued or specific finishing thought; or make a crazy long sentence that takes the readers breath away; hey, you gotta exercise somehow while reading!
A Colon is for listing things like: rum, coke, ice, and lemon. A cool refreshing drink while reading is vital.
Quotation Marks are a writer’s paradise. Inside them you can say it and spell it however you want! Quotation Marks are like Las Vegas – What happens in the quotes, stays in the quotes.
An Exclamation Mark means you're excited about what you just wrote! More than one is redundant!!! , but fun!!!!!!
A Question Mark denotes a question or confusion. HUH?
Parenthesis they are a writer's VIP room. (See Quotation Marks.)
Dashes and Ellipses – use them for extremely . . . exciting . . . dramatic pauses, or . . . you simply want the reader – to take a breath. Breathing is very important.
There you have it! Dr. jimmy says that exploiting and manipulating punctuation is a great way to relieve stress.
Note: Italicizing and Underlining mean you probably should pay attention to those words; there could be a pop-quiz about them later.
Librarians are the gatekeepers, protecting written knowledge for future generations to study and explore.
“Mr. Kafka; did you reread Homers Iliad last night?”
“Yes . . . yes I did, jimmy.”
“That explains it.”
“Nothing. I’ll make you a grilled cheese sandwich, and then we’ll go take a nap under the willow tree.”