It’s easy to find a misplaced apostrophe or a question mark placed outside quotation marks when it belongs within. The real challenge is in finding punctuation that changes the meaning of a sentence entirely.
Consider “It’s raining cats and dogs!” versus “It’s raining, cats and dogs!” Or how about “What are we having for dinner, grandma?” as opposed to “What are we having for dinner? Grandma?”
There are a lot of other great examples:
Quality, service, and attention to detail.
Quality service and attention to detail.
A woman without her man is nothing.
A woman: without her, man is nothing.
The man dropped the bullet in his mouth.
The man dropped, the bullet in his mouth.
When I sing well, ladies feel sick.
When I sing, well ladies feel sick.
If you’re still not convinced, remember that the next time your work schedule comes out, you could be working twenty-four-hour shifts instead of twenty four-hour shifts. But then you won’t have time to worry about punctuation, will you?
By Steve Boudreault