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Did you ever stop to think how important punctuation is? Take a look at what might happen if you put just a little comma in the wrong place.

Jennifer walked on her head, a little higher than usual.

-or-

Jennifer walked on, her head a little higher than usual.

Just moving the comma changes the whole meaning of the sentence. Is Jennifer walking on her head or is she just walking on?

But what about during conversation? Ever heard of phonetic punctuation? It’s something developed by comedian Victor Borge and involves inserting punctuation when you speak. In this clip from the Dean Martin show, which ran from 1965 to 1974, Borge and Martin set phonetic punctuation to music. Try not to laugh.

And here is Victor Borge doing his classic phonetic punctuation skit with book in hand.

Want to know more fun facts about the English language? Check out The Word Snoop by Ursula Dubosarsky.
For a more grown-up but still very funny approach to language and punctuation you can’t beat Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss.

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