Punctuation mattersJuly 30, 2016 Tim WorstallLanguage12 CommentsQueens stepmom convicted of broom handle beating 12-year-old kid Eh? George VI remarried? Ah, no, stepmom in Queens…. previousThere’s politics and then there’s delusionnextWell done Sirrah! 12 thoughts on “Punctuation matters” Thomas Fuller July 30, 2016 at 10:11 am Punctuation matter’s, shurely. The quotation reminds me of a literalism (also an American newspaper headline) fondly cited by V. Nabokov: “Torso killer beats chair” bloke in spain July 30, 2016 at 10:47 am Interesting illustration of how the UK’s on the periphery of the English speaking world. Shouldn’t think there was a single, American, let alone NuYawker, would have construed that headline as referring to anything else but the borough. Why would they> Any royals story would have commenced Queen of Britain’s, to differentiate Brenda from all the innumerable other queens knocking about. Andrew M July 30, 2016 at 11:42 am Also in today’s Telegraph: “Disgruntled parent pays £60 school attendance fine for taking child on holiday in pennies” The reader is led to assume that pennies are an item of clothing, or perhaps a downmarket holiday resort. Nemo July 30, 2016 at 11:57 am bis, but Brenda’s queen to quite a few Americans, though they call themselves Canadian. As well as Bahamians, Bermudians, Belizeans, Falkland Islanders, and lots of other rum places in the Caribbean. dearieme July 30, 2016 at 12:18 pm Americans never say “Queen of Britain”. They have a committee for inspecting names for geographical features and the like, which is very reluctant to allow an apostrophe in a name. So “Hillary’s Bluff” would be banned, for example. Kevin B July 30, 2016 at 12:31 pm I thought we were not allowed to talk about Mr and Mr Dwight these days. Ted S. July 30, 2016 at 12:36 pm That having been said, there probably ought to be an extra “of” after “beating”. Agammamon July 30, 2016 at 1:59 pm bloke in spain Interesting illustration of how the UK’s on the periphery of the English speaking world. It would also have had an apostrophe. dearieme July 30, 2016 at 7:24 pm English-speaking John B July 31, 2016 at 12:08 pm ‘Queens stepmon…’ Not: ‘Queen’s stepmom…’ There was no error in punctuation. Bloke in Germany August 1, 2016 at 8:48 am @John B, Tim didn’t say there was an error. JQ August 1, 2016 at 12:55 pm The Queen’s stepmother would be the Queen’s stepmum, not her stepmom. Seeing the ‘o’ spelling, I wouldn’t even have thought of Brenda. Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.