The Importance of Punctuation

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Re: The Importance of Punctuation

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On this sainted isle the most unpleasant and perhaps dangerous wild creature one is likely to encounter is the wasp. In late Summer they get apparently more numerous and present a nuisance at mealtimes'

Best to swat the critters and/or provide a diversion to attract them away. Camping in Greece in 1966 I buried a half-drunk bottle of wine deep down in the cool sand under our tent only to find it a seething mass of wasps in the morning ! I went down to the water's edge and swung it out to Sea a long way.

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alexthe bird, "The classic example is a dedication to "my parents, Sigmund Freud and Queen Elizabeth." " The supposed use of the Oxford comma could be negated simply by changing the order to " Sigmund Freud, Queen Elizabeth and my parents." "parents" being a plural has an implied possessive on anything that comes after it.
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Re: The Importance of Punctuation

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Sinned wrote:
Sun Jul 10, 2022 9:12 am
The supposed use of the Oxford comma could be negated simply by changing the order to " Sigmund Freud, Queen Elizabeth and my parents." "parents" being a plural has an implied possessive on anything that comes after it.
Can't agree with that! In your example, "parents" isn't even trying to be a possessive. In Latin it would be a dative, but we don't have those in English.
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Re: The Importance of Punctuation

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Obviously I need to mind my punctuation; it was not WASPS or 'Coming out' that caught my fancy, it was the implication of the antecedent:

"Young men should be dressed in a sports coat, tie, dress pants, and freshly polished dress shoes. However, if the quinceañera is occurring during the late afternoon or evening, dressing up a bit more is recommended. A knee-length or modest mini-dress and a pair of cute (yet comfortable) heels make an ideal ensemble.Sep 27, 2021"

Thought it was a late afternoon/early evening event, there were no young men dressed in a mini-skirt (modest or not), nor in heels. :( Only this old man in a skirt.
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crfriend wrote:
Sat Jul 09, 2022 1:59 am
Faldaguy wrote:
Sat Jul 09, 2022 1:40 am
I stumbled across this last night when looking at info on Quinceaneras, (15th birthday celebration, coming out, for girls in Latin traditions) I'm pretty sure it is not quite what they meant -- but, hey -- maybe the world is changing!
This topic got quite the writeup in the local Worcester (MA/USA) paper several years ago, and it parallels the "debut" of WASP (White Anglo-Saxon Protestant) girls quite handily, but a wee bit earlier. "Coming out" in this sense, has nothing to do whatsoever with what the term "means" today; it's merely the time when the young woman makes her debut onto the "adult" scene.
"Young men should be dressed in a sports coat, tie, dress pants, and freshly polished dress shoes. However, if the quinceañera is occurring during the late afternoon or evening, dressing up a bit more is recommended. A knee-length or modest mini-dress and a pair of cute (yet comfortable) heels make an ideal ensemble.Sep 27, 2021"
Keep the boys in their place because this is a time for the girl to shine. It is what it is.

Note that there is no such rite of passage for boys.
Actually, there's a trend (an extremely small minority, I guess, espcially in macho South America) for boys to have a 15th birthday and get dressed up as a girl for it. I found some YouTube videos by a company that specialize in make-up transformations and glamorous photography for boys.
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Re: The Importance of Punctuation

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Like a skirted Bar or Bat Mitzva - rite of passage ?
"YES SKIRTING MATTERS"!
"Kilt-On" -or- as the case may be "Skirt-On" !
WHY ?
Isn't wearing a kilt enough?
Well a skirt will do in a pinch!
Make mine short and don't you dare think of pinching there !
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