Funny English Punctuation Comics

Posted by | January 20, 2013 | Uncategorized

EFL teachers might not focus on this much in their English language teaching but since it is fairly important especially for those taking or teaching intensive English classes why not cover some funny English punctuation comics in this blog post which might give you some inspiration or be a good warm-up for an ESL writing activity or editing task.

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This is a good idea too to put on your ESL classroom wall.

An English professor wrote the words, “Woman without her man is nothing” on the blackboard and directed his students to punctuate it correctly. The men wrote: “Woman, without her man, is nothing.” The women wrote: “Woman: Without her, man is nothing.”

If you ESL student ask why punctuation is important you can use this one to show them how it can save lives. Ha!

The Oatmeal makes learning about tedious things fun! Just take a look at How to Use an Apostrophe below and head over to see how to use a semicolon.

Think that last tip too extreme. Well not for this  British city that decided to drop apostrophes from signs.

How to use i.e. and e.g.

When you mean “for example,” use e.g. It is an abbreviation for the Latin phrase exempli gratia. When you mean “that is,” use “i.e.” It is an abbreviation for the Latin phrase id est. Either can be used to clarify a preceding statement, the first by example, the second by restating the idea more clearly or expanding upon it. Because these uses are so similar, the two abbreviations are easily confused. If you just stick with good old English “for example” and “that is” you won’t give anyone a chance to sneer at you. If you insist on using the abbreviation, perhaps “example given” will remind you to use “e.g.,” while “in effect” suggests “i.e.”

Since e.g. indicates a partial list, it is redundant to add “etc.” at the end of a list introduced by this abbreviation.

How to use i.e. see the rest of this funny English comic on you guessed it, The Oatmeal.

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Some more funny English punctuation comics and pics for you and even a list of extinct punctuation which is quite interesting indeed!

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4 Responses to “Funny English Punctuation Comics”

  1. Comment made by Carissa on Jan 22nd 2013 at 7:26 pm: Reply

    I agree that using comics is a GREAT way to reinforce items in the class room I actually have used sveral of these in the classroom!

    I also tend to use this postsecret secret as an attention getter to get students ready for a lesson on punctuation. It takes them a while, but eventually they get it!

  2. Comment made by H on Jan 24th 2013 at 1:40 pm: Reply

    Great stuff, but I was just wondering whether you have links/sources for any of these. I would want to use source citations wherever possible.

    • Comment made by admin on Jan 24th 2013 at 9:11 pm: Reply

      Unfortunately not. Most are just floating around the internet on various sites without sources. A bit of hunting though and you may be able to track down some. Thank you.

  3. Comment made by admin on Jan 27th 2013 at 12:19 pm: Reply

    Edward Y. — Yes, I am not a big fan of the Oxford Comma; in fact, I discourage it when teaching. Rarely is the case that there will be a confusion of meaning (as in the comic example), so most of the time, that comma is pretty superfluous. I am from the “less is more” school of punctuation, so I only use that infamous comma when there is a readability/clarity problem.
    By Martin D. Wininger

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