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PUNCTUATION, construction. The act or method of placing points (q.v.) in a written or printed instrument.
     2. By the word point is here understood all the points in grammar, as the comma, the semicolon, the colon, and the like.
     3. All such instruments are to be construed without any regard to the punctuation; and in a case of doubt, they ought to be construed in such a manner that they may have some effect, rather than in one in which they would be nugatory. Vide Toull. liv. 3, t. 2, c. 5, n. 430; 4 T. R. 65; Barringt. on the Stat. 394, n. Vide article Points.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Yahoo late Wednesday updated its logo with slimmer letters but kept the trademark purple color and exclamation point.
Neither the drama nor the energy is successfully sustained, though the brilliantly staged finale feels like an exclamation point at the end of the whole draining experience.
In a painful exclamation point to the story of her death, Diana was buried with rosary beads given her by Mother Teresa, who also worked to destigmatize AIDS and who died September 5.
He put an exclamation point on the Stanford victory with an alley-oop dunk on a pass from Mitch Johnson.
Erik Swoope put an exclamation point on the rout when he threw down an emphatic one-handed dunk over Brooks with 43 seconds left on the clock, prompting the Wolverines fans to break out in a thunderous ovation.
The play put an exclamation point on the host Dons' 28-21 come-from-behind victory Friday night over a previously unbeaten Grant team that led by as many as 15 points in the fourth quarter.
The Bruins' incredible three-game run through the conference tournament ended a week that began with uncertainty about an NCAA berth with a resounding exclamation point.