[Ads-l] Let's eat grandpa: why punctuation isn't a matter of life and death, even in the law.

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Fri Mar 17 18:18:26 EDT 2017


Barry Popik explored this family of sayings and found a Google Books
match circa 1949 together with other valuable information for those
interested in the jokes history.

“‘Let’s eat, grandma’ or ‘let’s eat grandma’—punctuation saves lives!”

http://www.barrypopik.com/index.php/new_york_city/entry/lets_eat_grandma_or_lets_eat_grandma_punctuation_saves_lives


On Thu, Mar 16, 2017 at 5:33 PM, Robin Hamilton
<robin.hamilton3 at virginmedia.com> wrote:
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>>     > The case does not so much support this view as directly contradict it.
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>>
>>     Yes, yes and yes.
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>>     --
>>     -Wilson
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>
> I'd agree, with the caveat, "... with regard to  [air quotes] written material,
> especially in a legal context."
>
> R.
>
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>>     All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
>>     come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
>>     -Mark Twain
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>>     The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org
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> The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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