Punctuation Is Powerful

The image we published last Saturday was quite popular, so I decided to run another one this Saturday.

The theme is the same: punctuation.

For those who can’t see the image, here’s what it says:

An English professor wrote the words:

“A woman without her man is nothing”

on the chalkboard he asked the students to punctuate it correctly.

All of the males in the class wrote:

“A woman, without her man, is nothing.”

All of the females in the class wrote:

“A woman: without her, man is nothing.”

Punctuation is powerful.

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6 thoughts on “Punctuation Is Powerful”

  1. As one of the Shakespeare fans in the class, I always prefer to punctuate it in the following context.

    Dev. Good Lementio, who calls at the gate?

    Lam. My lord, A woman without; her man is nothing.

    Dev. Bid her enter, then, and show her man to the livery.

  2. Hi,

    How do you input double acute and grave accents when you write in Windows ?

    Do you have a shortcut for them ?

    In example, when you wrote: “A woman, without her man, is nothing.”

    I’m interested in how you entered those characters.



  3. It doesn’t make sense the second way. If you are referring to man as a whole gender group (“without her, man is nothing”) it doesn’t make sense to refer to “A woman” as in one specific woman.

  4. @Eoz
    Yeah it’s true that the second way doesn’t make sense. That’s the inside joke. The inside joke is that women are good at punctuating.

  5. ‘Without her, man is nothing’. Is it grammatically correct? It should be ‘without she, man is nothing ‘, isn’t it?

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