The significance of punctuation lays within the difference between announcing dinner and a suggestion for cannibalism. “Let’s eat, Grandpa!” vs. “Let’s eat Grandpa!” are two totally different things. For the sake of Grandpa’s life, use proper punctuation. Here are eight other examples of how confusing life would be without proper punctuation. Plus, check out these other common punctuation mistakes that make smart people look bad.
The controversial Oxford comma
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Some people love it, some people hate it, but the Oxford comma does make a difference. Let’s say you’re writing your graduation speech, and you’d like to thank your parents, Tiffany, and God. Without that comma after Tiffany, it’d read, “I’d like to thank my parents, Tiffany and God.” Are Tiffany and God your parents? Probably not. Missing Oxford commas can also lead to lawsuits, like these workers who sued their employer all because of a punctuation mishap.