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Hyphens, hashtags, commas, and colons: How the signs and symbols of written language evolved
How do you feel about the Oxford comma? What about excessive exclamation points or question marks?!?!?! For punctuation purists, our use (or abuse) of the signs and symbols that govern written English may cause strong emotions. But for writer and editor Claire Cock-Starkey, every hyphen, comma and period indicate just how far communication has come since we first started writing. In the latest instalment of our language segment Word Processing, the author of Hyphens and Hashtags joins David Common for a tour through the finer points of marks.