The Importance of Punctuation

When Ancient Greeks consulted the oracle at Delphi they received, like a modern electorate, ambiguous answers to simple questions.  A soldier’s question “Shall I die in battle” was once answered “You go, you return, not die in battle.” or so the questioner thought. In fact his mind misplaced a comma in the phrase (so the Oracle claimed) and he died in battle, not only proving the importance of punctuation but also showing the folk believe what they want to believe and will, like a politician, misplace punctuation to prove that what they want to believe is true.

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