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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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The punctuation mark of the bridge's design is after it crosses the St Helens Canal and leaves urban Widnes.
Further, Chalcedonian-type doctrines cannot be normative because "it is odd, to say the least, to assert the unique importance of this particular punctuation mark in history" (123).
Though the startling 1968 Mexico City Olympic episode has been dissected "up, down, and all around" for decades by scores of journalists and academics, and John Carlos has even written his own flamboyant story on the matter, Silent Gesture provides, by far, the most powerful punctuation mark in explaining one of the most historic of all Olympic moments.
And if there's a particular punctuation mark you just don't get, consider the advice of noted American linguist Casey Stengel: "You could look it up.
The use of the question mark indicates that Hood (2004) was not sure of this, and I commend that hesitant punctuation mark.
She notes semicolons are being deserted because writers are showing a preference for a dash, stating "The main reason people use it, however, is that they know you can't use it wrongly--which for a punctuation mark, is an uncommon virtue".
If not, at least make sure that they do not end with a period or other punctuation mark, which will erroneously be included with the link by some but not all email software and Web browsers.
He argues, for example, that theater students should use "every punctuation mark as a signifier of speech rhythm" since Jonson's characters are defined by their distinctive "vocal mannerisms" (100).
There is no "noble and delicate thought" in each sonnet's concluding verse; in fact, many lack a final punctuation mark.
The project bears comparison with Tatlin's 1927 model for a monument to the III International, combining as it does a relic of labour-intensive heavy industry, which was once progressive, with futuristic deconstructionist forms developed from the Russian avant garde of the same period, a fitting punctuation mark to a century of European architecture.
April 17th will be a fun reunion and a great punctuation mark.