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Why even the use of blank spaces matters!

Why even the use of blank spaces matters!

Why even the use of blank spaces matters!

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There have been many posts about the importance of correct grammar, spelling and punctuation, and how a misplaced or omitted comma or apostrophe can completely change the meaning of a sentence.

However, here is a wonderful example of how a single missing blank space can totally change the meaning:

The Australian Corrosion Association “Guidelines for Authors” says that:

“All papers and presentations must be incomprehensible English, as would be expected at a technical conference.”

(Reported in New Scientist, August 4 2008, page 48)

I have attended many technical conferences where some of the presentations are petty incomprehensible, but I had no idea that it was a requirement for publication!

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RE: Why even the use of blank spaces matters!

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incomprehensible English, as would be expected at a technical conference.

That perfectly describes every conference I've attended.

RE: Why even the use of blank spaces matters!

(OP)
"petty incomprehensible" = "pretty incomprehensible"

(Damn! Don't you hate it when you make spelling mistakes in a language forum?!)

http://julianh72.blogspot.com

RE: Why even the use of blank spaces matters!

Some of those conferences can be severely petty as well.

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RE: Why even the use of blank spaces matters!

That is a reprehensible typo.

RE: Why even the use of blank spaces matters!

I liked "the penis mightier than the sword" example posted.

RE: Why even the use of blank spaces matters!

In dutch we have
"depenisvanjezus"
Which can mean a wide, even disturbing variety of things, depending on where you put the spaces.

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