I’ve seen a lot of people, especially bloggers, using symbols to punctuate where they should have used the correct punctuation mark. As a result, I’ve decided to put together a list of punctuation marks and what should NOT be used in their place.
- The Ampersand: &. Not +.
- The Dash: There are a couple of types of dash, and they aren’t interchangeable. See my post about dashes here.
- Quotation marks: they are not the same thing as apostrophes (although on a regular keyboard, they’re the same key).
- The asterisk: a symbol (*) used to mark a reference to an annotation or to stand for omitted matter. Should not be used for emphasis (as in “I am *really* tired of how people misuse asterisks!”)
Have you seen any unusual misuses of punctuation? Tell me about them in the comments!