(via Wall Street Journal)

People fuss about punctuation not only because it clarifies meaning but  also because its neglect appears to reflect wider social decline. And  while the big social battles seem intractable, smaller battles over the  use of the apostrophe feel like they can be won.
Yet the status of this and other cherished marks has long been  precarious. The story of punctuation is one of comings and goings.

(via Wall Street Journal)

People fuss about punctuation not only because it clarifies meaning but also because its neglect appears to reflect wider social decline. And while the big social battles seem intractable, smaller battles over the use of the apostrophe feel like they can be won.

Yet the status of this and other cherished marks has long been precarious. The story of punctuation is one of comings and goings.