Tuesday, September 28, 2004

A History of Punctuation

Link - The first recognized formal system of punctuation was developed by the Greek scholar Aristophanes of Byzantium, librarian at Alexandria around 200 B.C. His system used only a set of three points of varying heights (distinctiones): media distinctio placed mid-level, serving the function of a comma (a short pause); subdistinctio level with the text, serving the function of a colon or semicolon (a longer pause); and distinctio placed near the top of a line of text, to mark a very long pause (though not necessarily the end of a sentence).

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