In our introduction to public relations class yesterday, April 29, 2009, we were given at the beginning of class a letter to Tom. Our professor divided the class into two groups and then asked one half to punctuate the letter as though we were in love with Tom and the other half to punctuate the letter as if they were mad or upset with Tom. The letter goes like this:
Dear Tom, 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? Shelia
You can probably guess which half of the class I was in by the wayI punctuated the letter. See if you can do the opposite by punctuating the letter to Tom like you are mad at him. It is really funny how the same letter can read so differently just by the different punctuation styles. This just shows how important punctuation is–it can make all the difference in the world.