question Punctuation Is Powerful

A Professor writes:

a woman without her man is nothing”
on the chalkboard and asked his students to punctuate it correctly.

The correct punctuation?…


All of the males in the class wrote:
A woman, without her man, is nothing..”

All the females in the class wrote:
“A woman: without her, man is nothing.”

Thanks to listener Alberta for forwarding this along.  As you can all see the second punctuation is correct.

Comments (2)
  1. gtV says:

    To remain neutral &/or politically correct, this quote could read:
    “A woman without her man is nothing.”

    Leaving out the commas is grammatically correct according to several English professors in recent writing courses. Who is this quote attributed to? That makes a difference, also, as to the interpretative inferences or nuances of the quote.

  2. Alberta says:

    I liked your comment.

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