5 Punctuation Marks That Look Nothing Like They Used To

October 27, 2014 12:12 PM

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5 Punctuation Marks That Look Nothing Like They Used To

The comma is one of the oldest marks of punctuation. It was created over 2,300 years ago by a Greek scholar named Aristophanes, head of the fabled Library of Alexandra, in a punctuational big bang that also gave us the colon and the period.

Ancient scrolls were written without punctuation of any kind (even word spaces were centuries away), and readers habitually mumbled along with the text as they read, forming syllables into words and picking out the rhythm of the text. This was all too much for Aristophanes, who created a series of m...

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