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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 concluding section, "Hummingbird," moves away from the use of scientific and mathematic vocabulary and reintroduces the colon, reminding us of the punctuational are within the long poem.
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Sale, who at the time was also working as an editor at Fiction, a metafiction hotbed, was an early reader of Pynchon's work and did a superb job of addressing the stylistic, orthographic, and punctuational complexities of the massive manuscript.
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PS: Eats, Shoots & Leaves is itself a punctuational joke.
Punctuational, which consists of the use of defined marks (examples: spaces, periods, and commas) to provide primarily syntactic information about written utterances.