Punctuation Bends Comprehension

23 Feb

I read a funny little story in a local “digest” from Maine (my family has a summer house there). The local publications have lots of funny little stories, so expect more like this. Anyway, here it is…


An English teacher wrote a sentence on the chalkboard:

A woman without her man is nothing.

He asked his students to punctuate it properly. All of the boys wrote:

A woman, without her man, is nothing.

All of the girls wrote:

A woman: without her, man is nothing.

Punctuation bends comprehension. 🙂

Thanks to Uncle Andy’s Digest of Lewiston and Auburn, Maine for bringing this wonderful story to us!


Posted by on February 23, 2009 in Miscellaneous


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2 responses to “Punctuation Bends Comprehension

  1. Tater

    March 9, 2009 at 1:08 AM

    Hey, I’ve heard of Uncle Andy’s Digest! For those who are not aware, it is distributed for free and can usually be found in entryways to markets, restaurants, etc in the general region around Auburn/Lewiston, Maine. It’s kind of like the classifieds except it’s full of weird facts, jokes, and stories.

    If you are in the lakes region of Maine you have to pick one up. We love to read it to each other and get a good laugh.

  2. Amanda

    April 4, 2009 at 10:29 PM

    Wow! Interesting! My mom has heard of that before!


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