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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Mr Biggs, who commissioned the infamous Yoko Ono female sex organ pictures for the last biennial in 2004, said some funding for the question mark had come from the Mersey Basin campaign which wants to raise issues about what Liverpool and Wirral are doing about their shared waterfront heritage.
Question Mark has more than 1,300 customers worldwide, with approximately 9,000 authoring systems installed.
The 126 works on show--paintings, lithographs, silk screens, collages, photographs--were eclectic and uneven, but the often jarring contrasts of these different artistic spaces multiply the question marks within that other space which is the Western viewer's mindset, With the exception of Hong Hao, seen in the 1998 traveling exhibition "Inside Out: New Chinese Art," the rising stars of China's international avant-garde were conspicuously absent.
His future remains a question mark, and he wouldn't have it any other way.
Question Mark marks and analyzes answers in various test formats, including multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, word answers and free format.
New Delhi, [India] Dec 5 ( ANI ): After Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland chopper deal extradited by Dubai, landed in New Delhi in the wee hours of Wednesday, senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid said that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is playing games to 'put a question mark' on his party.
He added: "It's clear that if we have to wait two to three more years to have a clarity on this topic, we will have a big question mark about our future investment in the country."
It was called In Pursuit of the Question Mark because Wyllie, who died in May 2012, believed the question mark should be central to all things.
The question mark is the work of Berlin-based artist Hans Peter Kuhn, who came up with the image after a visit to Liverpool last November.
Tenants on Tyneside say there is still a huge question mark hanging over the future of their homes, even though the Government has agreed that they will be kept in council control.
He has set up a forum on the council's intranet entitled Question Mark so council staff can see what he gets up to and put questions and ideas to him.

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