How important is a question mark.
How important is a question mark?
It’s the difference between a statement and a question, that’s how important it is. This became very apparent during a text conversation about that most vital of subjects – PUDDING. The first sentence above is a declarative statement, the second is, undoubtedly, a question. It has a question mark – that’s the give-away!
So, how did this topic become embroiled in a discussion of pudding? Easy, due to the lack of this clever little punctuation mark, two of us both thought the other had got it sorted.
S: [She’s blonde so will remain quite anonymous for her own dignity]
Got pudding sorted for Sunday
Me: [ Noting the absolute lack of any helpful punctuation to the contrary]
Me: See you then
End of conversation. ‘S’ and her family were coming to mine on the Sunday and I had mentioned a few days earlier that I still hadn’t decided what to do for afters. I took her text as a statement [no question mark, none whatsoever m’lud] and thought to myself ‘Well, that’s nice of her, she’s bringing something, saves me the bother’.
Sunday comes, they turn up. I have dinner cooking in the oven, and look at her expectantly to see what she’s brought. ‘Pudding?’ I ask, realising there are no carrier bags, cake boxes or other such potential containers of yumminess. ‘You said you’d sorted it.’ she replied. ‘No,’ says I, ‘you said you had’. I then show her exhibit 1, the text.
‘I was asking you if you’d sorted it!’ she explained, looking quite bemused that I could possibly have misunderstood.
‘Where’s the question mark then?’ I asked.
‘Oh Mother!’ she replied, exasperated ‘ you and your grammar’.
But, the lack of punctuation meant a lack of pudding. Try telling that to two small boys.
Custard with your punctuation anybody?
* Thankfully there’s a shop just round the corner, so all was not lost. The picture? They are the ice cream cones we had in Paris, just thought I’d brag a bit!