The missing ‘space’

In writing, all aspect — tense, subject-verb agreement, punctuation, even style and formatting — is vital, crucial and important. Of course, we are all familiar with this example:

Go, help your Uncle Jack off the horse.

Improper punctuation and capitalization gives it a sordid meaning:

Go help your Uncle jack off a horse.

How about this one:

Men, say all women, are dumb.

Depending on who’s writing, it can take on a new meaning just by moving and removing a few commas:

Men say, all women are dumb.

But nothing, in my view, has grammar — the wrong kind — been so potently dangerous, in this case, to a friend’s marriage…

For her birthday, my friend narrated, he gave his secretary an expensive Cross ballpoint pen as a token of his appreciation for her loyalty and diligence.


Without saying a word, he fished out his cellphone, scrolled to the appropriate message, handed the phone to me and sighed, “You mind if I sleep over?”

Puzzled, I read the message:

Sir, ur penis 1derful. I njoyd usng it lst nyte. Thnx.


Of course this is fiction! I would never tell on a friend.




About Seeing with Brahmin eyes
My sense of humor can be keen, sarcastic, silly or corny -- sometimes all at once. I enjoy meeting new people with no preconceived ideas about what or what is not possible. You get much more out of life by being open minded and willing. I'm an easy going, good-natured person who loves life and loves people. I'm both optimistic and realistic and pretty objective when it comes to assessing situations, events, etc. In general I am a very positive person and you'll usually find we with a smile on my face.

One Response to The missing ‘space’

  1. Sherwood Forest, where Robin Hood ripped his leather jerkin off…

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