April 2014
Directly Speaking

Who cares about punctuation, anyway?  Is it really relevant?  You decide.  Read the two letters below.  The words are the same.  See what a difference
punctuation makes?

The Importance of Correct Punctuation
From Games Magazine, 1984
We examine two "Dear John" letters ...
Version 1:
Dear John,
I want a man who knows what love is all about. You are generous, kind, thoughtful. People who are not like you admit to being useless and inferior.
You have ruined me for other men. I yearn for you. I have no feelings whatsoever when we're apart. I can be forever happy--will you let me be yours?
Version 2:

 Dear John,
I want a man who knows what love is. All about you are generous, kind, thoughtful people, who are not like you. Admit to being useless and inferior.
You have ruined me. For other men, I yearn. For you, I have no feelings whatsoever. When we're apart, I can be forever happy. Will you let me be?
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Palindromes are words and sentences that read the same forwards and backwards.  They have been popular since ancient times. Some palindromes in English include
race car, taco cat, never odd or even.  Have you ever thought about palindromes in other languages?

D�bale arroz a la
zorra el abad
(The abbot gave rice to the female fox)


(Thermometer, fever) 
(This means a fear of palindromes)  
Fast Fact 
There are about 225 indigenous languages in Europe - roughly 3% of the world's total.
Tongue Twister
You've known me to light a night light on a light night like tonight. There's no need to light a night light on a light night like tonight, for a night light's a slight light on tonight's light night.

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