In my Elon class today, I wanted to make the point that punctuation is important in their papers. I wrote the following sentence on the board and asked someone, anyone, to come up to the board and punctuate it.
The first tried to rewrite the sentence. I said, no, the words are correct, just punctuate it. The second punctuated it correctly, with commas after woman and man.
I said, yes, and there is a second way that is also correct. Try again.
The third person came up and tried to rewrite the sentence. The fourth punctuated it correctly. “Woman: without her, man is nothing.” A fifth came up and tried to rewrite the sentence again.
God is having fun with me; I’m blessed with a classful of editors! My former staff will appreciate the irony.