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Eric Partridge
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You Have a Point There: A Guide to Punctuation and Its Allies

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This standard work on punctuation has long been judged the foremost study of the subject. It reveals punctuation to be both an indispensable craft and an invaluable art - a friend, not an enemy.
ebook, 240 pages
Published September 2nd 2003 by Routledge (first published 1953)
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Cheryl in CC NV
I just finished David Crystal's overview of punditry, The Fight for English: How Language Pundits Ate, Shot, and Left (gave it five stars; check it out), and this is the kind of book he isn't fond of.

Partridge is not as prescriptive as some, but this is a big usage manual on one aspect of 'correct' communication. To steal Crystal's metaphor, Partridge is trying to teach us to be both mechanic and driver - but punctuation (to stretch the metaphor 'until it howls') is just the seat & mirror po...more
Roderick Gladwish Gladwish
Brief efficient, a little arcane; it makes a person think about their writing. That has to be a good thing.
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“To be mulcted of our money and mutilated of our property is serious enough: to be deprived of our colon would be intolerable.” 2 likes
“When we are very young, we tend to regard the ability to use a colon much as a budding pianist regards the ability to play with crossed hands: many of us, when we are older, regard it as a proof of literary skill, maturity, even of sophistication: and many, whether young, not so young, or old, employ it gauchely, haphazardly or, at best, inconsistently.” 1 likes
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