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Making a Point: The Persnickety Story of English Punctuation
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Publisher St Martins Pr
Publication date October 6, 2015
Pages 378
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781250060419
ISBN-10 1250060419
Dimensions 1.50 by 5.75 by 8.50 in.
Weight 1.05 lbs.
Original list price $24.99
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: The triumphant concluding volume in David Crystal's classic trilogy on the English language combines the first history of English punctuation with a complete guide on how to use it. Behind every punctuation mark lies a thousand stories. The punctuation of English, marked with occasional rationality, is founded on arbitrariness and littered with oddities. For a system of a few dozen marks it generates a disproportionate degree of uncertainty and passion, inspiring organizations like the Apostrophe Protection Society and sending enthusiasts, correction-pens in hand, in a crusade against error across the United States. Professor Crystal leads us through this minefield with characteristic wit, clarity, and commonsense. In David Crystal's Making a Point, he gives a fascinating account of the origin and progress of every kind of punctuation mark over one and a half millennia and offers sound advice on how punctuation may be used to meet the needs of every occasion and context.

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About: The triumphant concluding volume in David Crystal's classic trilogy on the English language combines the first history of English punctuation with a complete guide on how to use it.

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