I can tell I’m getting better because I just washed the leeks. Leeks are lovely but they are a nuisance to clean. People have been giving me leek and potato soup (well, 2 people), heavy on the leeks which I love, so I was thinking of leeks vinaigrette when I put in my (delivery) grocery order.
I can also tell I’m getting better because I’m writing in my head, no, not writing, I always do that. I am editing in my head., going back over a phrase and improvingand correcting it (word choice, grammar,, clarity, well, everything but the punctuation because the sentences are not in front of me but only in my mind’s eye and ear.) I always wake writing, full-blown sentences as I leave REM – I guess everyone does that. But editing is a further step towards consciousness. SOW, I can also tell I’m getting better because in that murky dawnlight (is there a good word for a.m. twilight?) I do not yet feel the first little skinkies crawling out of my wound , stretching and spreading out for the day. I don’t feel the woind yet. (I do now because I’m awake. ) It doesn’t hurt, exactly but it’s there. I will be happy when it’s not there.
I didn’t mean this blog to be so personal and self-centred. I can hear you say, ALL your blogs are personal and self-centred. Okay. but I did have an abstract, impersonal idea I wanted to pursue. What was it?
Oh, yes, this was something I found on the net quite a while ago and I keep thinking of it in relation to my concern (obsession?) with grammar. I’ve copied it for you and I will lry to find its source.
“Because sometimes periods, commas, colons, semi-colons, dashes, hyphens, apostrophes, question marks, exclamation points, quotation marks, brackets, parentheses, braces, and ellipses won't do.
You probably already know the interrobang, thanks to its excellent moniker and increasing popularity. Though the combination exclamation point and question mark can be replaced by using one of each (You did what!? or You don't read mental_floss?!), it's fun to see the single glyph getting a little more love lately.
2. PERCONTATION POINT OR RHETORICAL QUESTION MARK
The backward question mark was proposed by Henry Denham in 1580 as an end to a rhetorical question, and was used until the early 1600s.
3. IRONY MARK
It looks a lot like the percontation point, but the irony mark's location is a bit different, as it is smaller, elevated, and precedes a statement to indicate its intent before it is read. Alcanter de Brahm introduced the idea in the 19th century, and in 1966 French author Hervé Bazin proposed a similar glyph in his book, Plumons l’Oiseau, along with 5 other innovative marks.
4. LOVE POINT
Among Bazin's proposed new punctuation was the love point, made of two question marks, one mirrored, that share a point. The intended use, of course, was to denote a statement of affection or love, as in "Happy anniversary [love point]" or "I have warm fuzzies [love point]" If it were easier to type, I think this one might really take off.
[ME: that would be replaced by an emoji now.]
5. ACCLAMATION POINT
Bazin described this mark as "the stylistic representation of those two little flags that float above the tour bus when a president comes to town." Acclamation is a "demonstration of goodwill or welcome," so you could use it to say "I'm so happy to see you [acclamationpoint]" or "Viva Las Vegas [acclamationpoint]"
6. CERTITUDE POINT
Need to say something with unwavering conviction? End your declaration with the certitude point, another of Bazin's designs.
7. DOUBT POINT
This is the opposite of the certitude point, and thus is used to end a sentence with a note of skepticism.
8. AUTHORITY POINT
Bazin's authority point "shades your sentence" with a note of expertise, "like a parasol over a sultan." (Well, I was there and that's what happened.) Likewise, it's also used to indicate an order or advice that should be taken seriously, as it comes from a voice of authority.
The SarcMark (short for "sarcasm mark") was invented, copyrighted and trademarked by Paul Sak, and while it hasn't seen widespread use, Sak markets it as "The official, easy-to-use punctuation mark to emphasize a sarcastic phrase, sentence or message." Because half the fun of sarcasm is pointing it out [SarcMark].
10. SNARK MARK
This, like the copyrighted SarcMark, is used to indicate that a sentence should be understood beyond the literal meaning. Unlike the SarcMark, this one is copyright free and easy to type: it's just a period followed by a tilde.
This cool-looking but little-used piece of punctuation used to be the divider between subchapters in books or to indicate minor breaks in a long text. It's almost obsolete, since books typically now use three asterisks in a row to break within chapters (***) or simply skip an extra line. It seems a shame to waste such a great little mark, though. Maybe we should bring this one back.
12 & 13. EXCLAMATION COMMA & QUESTION COMMA
Now you can be excited or inquisitive without having to end a sentence! A Canadian patent was filed for these in 1992, but it lapsed in 1995, so use them freely, but not too often."