Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Pomma Pomma Pomma Pomma Pomma Pommeleon

Does English grammar really need a pomma point? I don't think so, and I told the Chicago Tribune's Nathan Bierma so here.

What do you think? Do we need a punctuation mark for expressing "mild joy, vague happiness or heightened indifference"? Help me out here -- is this a Canadian thing?


Blogger Liz said...

Just what we need - more punctuation to screw up. If we're going to add something, why not add those upside down question marks and exclamation marks used in Spanish? At least they clarify as well as beautify the sentence.

Oh, btw, love that title!

5:56 PM  
Blogger Courtney said...

I agree with you. It just seems like a band-aid solution for an inability to express oneself properly. If my sentence is missing that extra "oomph," I'd rather work on expanding my vocabulary than adding a confusing and arbitrary symbol.

And for online correspondence, we already have the smiley face. :-)

6:06 PM  
Anonymous Charles Hodgson said...

Definitely not a Canadian thing.
Isn't this a parallel to new words entering the language? If it is useful it will get adopted and used. If not, not. A democratic thing. Certainly @ and ;-) while not punctuation are symbols that only became popular because they were useful in a digital age.

2:56 PM  
Blogger Martha said...

Hi, Charles -- Yes, I'd say there's a parallel. But this one seems pretty self-conscious, no? I don't think it's viable -- at least not for very long!

2:43 PM  

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