An American Editor

June 10, 2016

Breaking News: Is the Period Going the Way of the Serial Comma?

Should we start getting prepared for the funeral of the full stop? It looks like its time as a vital part of grammar and language is coming to a close. Check out this front-page article in today’s New York Times bJune 9, 2016 , p. A1):

Period. Full Stop. Point.
Whatever It’s Called, It’s Going Out of Style

If the full-stop period is no longer used, will it matter how obtuse or poorly constructed a sentence is? Will we even be able to identify a sentence? Will need for editors decline in tandem with the lack of use of the period?

Richard Adin, An American Editor

3 Comments »

  1. I keep waiting to hear that this was lifted from or inspired by the Onion.

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    Comment by Ruth E. Thaler-Carter — June 10, 2016 @ 8:06 am | Reply

  2. its

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    Comment by mdfloyd — June 10, 2016 @ 9:47 am | Reply


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