Elizabeth Melton Parsons


The Power of Punctuation!


Love this quote……

An English professor wrote the words: “A woman without her man is nothing” on the
chalkboard and asked his students to punctuate it correctly.

All of the males wrote: “A woman, without her man, is nothing.”

All of the females wrote: “A woman: without her, man is nothing.”

Punctuation is powerful!!



Author: Elizabeth Melton Parsons

I'm a novelist, poet, and artist. I love books, nature, art, and gardening. I'm a rock hound and there's a photo of me with a cool fossil rock on my about page, I take a lot of nature pictures. The background here is one of mine. Unfortunately I recently lost my wonderful husband, but I'm grateful to have the blessing of two beautiful sons. elizabethmeltonparsons.wordpress.com is © Elizabeth Melton Parsons 2007-2018. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Elizabeth Melton Parsons with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

5 thoughts on “The Power of Punctuation!

  1. I haven’t heard this example before–I love it! When writing I do always think about how a simple comma can turn an entire sentence’s meaning around. In our world of growing technology, it gets even more complicated when talking through email and text which are much less formal and risk bigger punctuation “oops” 🙂


  2. This is great!!


  3. Hey thanks for commenting. I’ve read quite a few examples of how punctuation can change the meaning of a sentence and I’ve read many a book where a simple misplaced comma has changed what the writer meant to express. But this quote is by far my favorite.


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