Sunday, March 23, 2008

Lulu Looking At The Importance of Punctuation

this book was a best seller a few years ago.
The title comes from a story about a panda in a cafe.
The panda eats a sandwich, fires a gun in the air and walks towards the door. When the waiter asks in confusion what he thinks he’s doing, the panda throws him a badly punctuated book on wildlife: “Panda. Large black-and-white bear-like mammal, native to China. Eats, shoots and leaves”.

The placement of punctuations, and whilst Lulu is at is, capital words [ABC vs abc] can make a difference in the meaning of a sentence.

For eg,
the headline Rafidah not sure about Azalina’s Wanita status would carry a very different meaning if the caps were not placed correctly. Can you imagine if the proofreader got sloppy and the headline came out as "Rafidah not sure about Azalina’s wanita status"?

and Lulu's seen quite a number of "UMNO" banners around PJ and KL
The new ones are asking people to rally support behind the PM, probably in reaction to the old ones which you can view here
There was one which Lulu saw, and the bit that Lulu remembers was
BERSATU TEGUH BERCERAI ROBOH HIDUP PAK LAH
there were no punctuation on it.
could it be that the banner was a call for a stronger marriage for Pak Lah, that "Bercerai, roboh hidup Pak Lah"? oh dear...

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Lulu

You had me in stitches!
Still, there are echoes of truth in those sentences. For both Azlina and the pm...

w said...

They've punctuated their lives with so much lies that when it comes to stringing a sentence together, they ran out of puntuations.

kittykat46 said...

Heheheehehe...Lulu, that was really funny.

A bit below the belt..

CY said...

Lol, that's funny.

Would be even better if Lulu took a picture :D

kaki.ayam said...

hahaha!! lulu, you are so CUTEEEEEE!

Anonymous said...

haha. "... roboh hidup pak lah" quote comes from the banner hanging from the pedestrian crossing in taman tun. we saw it last week and laughed all the way home.

CK Tan said...

lulu, u r a riot!!!!

w, tat's a good one too!!!

Anonymous said...

WHEN YOU HAVE UNEDUCATED MORONS IN HIGH POSITIONS what do you expect, lemons

Anonymous said...

ROTFL. This has to be a double entendre of sorts:

`Rafidah not sure about Azalina’s Wanita status would carry a very different meaning if the caps were not placed correctly.`

Gan said...

Amusing ..

cherry tee said...

that's exactly what i said to my mother (who is an english teacher). I cracked up when i read that headline becos it can really read two ways and it's ironic becos it's Azalina! :)