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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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What needs to be further considered is the double colon and the way it gestures to Dura's punctuational poetics.
Besides recooling abbreviations and punctuational Yuri-ants not found in Barth's edited text, there is a notable variate "lege ein paar Leder fik sie cin.
there can be no harm in diachronicians' treating punctuational change, stasis, and gradual change as if those notions had been proposed wholly within linguistics and just accidentally happen to have extradisciplinary counterparts" (p.
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.
This passage shows a tension in Ghil's thought, as it insists that poetry does actually become music, and at the same time it encloses the words "orchestrating itself" in quotation marks, which are the common punctuational sign of the comparative "as if": Poetry (in a way) orchestrates itself (so to speak).
Lynne Truss styles herself a "stickler," and what she stickles about is the punctuational anarchy she encounters everywhere.
6) While those punctuational shock-absorbers around "'Justice'" insist too much, the sentence's hybrid registers pose questions of causal responsibility which find more productive form earlier--in The Mayor of Casterbridge, a novel infused with ideas from other times, and populated by two central figures from other places.
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.
It badly wants proofing, spellchecking, and grammatical, punctuational and common-sense editing by someone .
I see the talking books as an intellectually and emotionally stable Tristram Shandy--Antin's punctuational pauses indicative of a serenity, a pacing of the breath seeking the clarity of rootedness in our physical and psychic being, while Sterne's dashes signal breathless sallies of avoidance, frantic and funny escapes from the style and from the many meanings of gravity in a world newly circumscribed by "laws" of physics that impress themselves upon our brains and bodies in the wars of nation-states and in our interpersonal jostlings.
Analyses of the evolution of cerci morphology for all 38 North American Enallagma show little phylogenetic signal in how this structure has evolved, and its evolution is most consistent with a punctuational model in which all change occurs at the time of speciation (M.