Power of Punctuation

Punctuation is the correct use of the various stops or marks in writing so as to make the meaning of a sentence or a passage clear.



An English professor wrote the words:

"A woman without her man is nothing"

on chalkboard and asked his students to punctuate it correctly.

All the males in the class wrote:

"A woman, without her man, is nothing."

All the females in the class wrote:

"A woman: without her, man is nothing."



Czarina Maria Fyodorovna once saved the life of a man by transposing a single comma in a warrant signed by her husband, Alexander III, which exiled a criminal to imprisonment and death in Siberia. On the bottom of the warrant the czar had written:

"Pardon impossible, to be sent to Siberia."

Maria Fyodorovna changed the punctuation so that her husband's instructions read:

"Pardon, impossible to be sent to Siberia."

The criminal was set free.