Thursday, 10 May 2007

The 'Pause.


Forget hormone replacement therapy.

N.B. This blog does not, in fact, endorse the consumption of "pure, wholesome refreshment" and advises instead responsible tippling in the hot chocolate department.

N.B.B. I am considering leading a class action, on behalf of aggrieved punctuators, against Coca-Cola Inc. for its misleading use of ellipses. Who will join in my crusade? Who will be strong and stand with me? Beyond the barricade is a cola marinade, infusing clauses with false pauses.

13 comments:

Mr Mean said...

Do you hear the people sue?

alexis said...

You've got legal connections, don't you, Mr M? I think we're onto something here.

nailpolishblues said...

I can't hear the people sue, damn my hearing's gotten bad.

alexis said...

That's what comes of keeping coca-cola in your ears.

nailpolishblues said...

Oh, so it rots ears as well as teeth? Damn dentist never mentioned that.

TimT said...

Sue, whoever she is, should see a doctor about her hearing.

nailpolishblues said...

In my experience, it's pointless to see a doctor about your hearing. Most of them think deaf is the normal way to be. And if you don't believe me just hear how hoarse I am today :(
I'm screaming, can you hear me yet..?

Miss Eagle said...

Dear LH, while I appreciate your efforts in the matter of the apostrophe, I don't think I can follow you on the ellipse. I find myself using it all over the place - along with the dash. In fact, I use these as a break-out. The ellipse and the dashes are in my tool-bag as means of breaking out of the strictures of commas, colons and semi-colons.

Blessings and bliss

PS: Declaration of pecuniary and addictive interest... in Diet Coke, Lime flavoured Diet-coke, and Pepsi Max.

alexis said...

I'm rather partial to a dash myself, Miss E - the kilted dash being one of my all-time favourite highland sports - perhaps second only to caber tossing - and Emmy Dickinson used them so prolifically - what's to object to? - versatile, horizontal, and utterly dashing. But dot dot dot? It's just not for me. It feels like the written equivalent of "um, so anyway". I am, of course, an insufferable snoot in matters like these, so "..." ahoy. My legal action isn't going to get very far.

JahTeh said...

I'm with Miss Eagle, coke zero is my diet master. I recycle the bottles by filling them with water which I drink by kidding myself it's coke zero light.

wool spaniel said...

dot dot dot dash dash dash dot dot dot

alexis said...

Well, if it ain't Inspector Morse!

"Coke zero light": poifect! Although (and I realise I'm more or less alone here) I personally think water tastes nicer than coke.

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