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2015-07-02T21:34:08+08:00
A Short History of Punctuation
By: Polly M. Robertus
EARLYGREEKSHAD HARDLYANYPUNCTUATION 
FONOITCERIDEHTDEGNAHCNEVEDNA*
THEIRWRITINGATTHEENDOFEACHLINELATER
GNITIRWFOYAWAOTDEGNAHCYEHT*
THATFAVOREDRIGHTHANDEDPEOPLEANDSHOWED
WHEREANEWPARAGRAPHBEGANBYUNDERLINING
THEFIRSTLINEOFITLATERTHEGREEKPLAYWRIGHT
ARISTOPHANES.INVERTEDMARKSTOSHOW. WHERE
THEREADERSSHOULDTAKEBREATH:
THE. ROMANS. MADE. WRITING. MUCH. EASIER.
TO. READ. BY. PUTTING. DOTS. BETWEEN. WORDS.
AND. BY. MOVING. THE. FIRST. LETTER. OF. A.
PARAGRAPH. INTO. THE. LEFT. MARGIN: THEY.
ADAPTED. SOME. OF. THE. GREEK. MARKS. SUCH. AS.
THE. COLONN. MARK. TO. INDICATE. PHRASE. ENDINGS:
INTHEEARLYMIDDLEAGESTHISSYSTEMOFPUNCTUATION
BROKEDOWNBECAUSEEVERYFEWPEOPLECOULDREAD
ANDWRITE BUTWRITERSKEPTASPACEATTHENEDOF
ASENTENCEANDCONTINUEDTOMARKPARAGRAPHS
EVENTUALLY WORDS WHERESEPARATED AGAIN AND
NEW SENTENCES BEGAN WITH A LARGER LETTER
*Hint: Try reading from right to left.
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