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ssawicki 1 of 3 Posted by David Crystal Thursday 12 July 2007 08.01 BST guardian.co.uk Punctuation is no place for zero tolerance Lynne Truss and others demand a rigidly standard English, but our language has fewer unbreakable rules than they want. No plural noun rules here . .. a facsimile of Dr Johnson's dictionary. Photograph: Graham Turner There are some things in life we can justifiably be "zero tolerant" about, but punctuation is not one of them. Zero tolerance is possible when there is a clear-cut contrast between two behaviours, one of which society agrees to be right and the other society agrees to be wrong. People are zero- tolerant of child abduction, for example. Lynne Truss and others do us a disservice when they suggest that punctuation "errors" - such as the use of a plural apostrophe , as in potato's - is something to which we should give no quarter. I wrote The Fight for English to explain why, and to dissuade people from going down that path. Truss would have a case if punctuation was something which everyone completely agreed about. Then it would be easy to identify errors. There are indeed many areas of language where such agreement exists. It is an error to put the article after the noun, for example (as in cat the),
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This note was uploaded on 01/06/2010 for the course ENGL 305 taught by Professor Sawiki during the Fall '09 term at CSU Fullerton.

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