Let’s hear it for the interpunct, the most underrated of punctuation marks. If there’s one thing I’ve taken away from years of Japanese study, it’s the value that this tiny gem can bring to the written form.
I sometimes think about devouring my life to a cause and achieving good in the world, and I think I’ve finally cracked it.
Will you help me give the interpunct new purpose in the English language?
It is scientifically proven that in long lists commas are ugly, often confusing, and they’re clearly the most greedy of all punctuation marks. So let’s make a commitment to, where appropriate, separating items in lists (especially long or stand-alone ones) through use of the interpunct. Watch your example spreads through your organisation as all see the light.
If you can think of other good uses why not share them here?
Compare and contrast - look how clean and sharp those lists look!
Send to: wileycat, Wileycat House, 1st Floor, Study
Send to: wileycat · Wileycat House · 1st Floor · Study
Could you please get me eggs, wholemeal bread, soy sauce, white wine vinegar, and a roll of sellotape.
Could you please get me: eggs · wholemeal bread · soy sauce · white wine vinegar · roll of sellotape.
Sarah, Alison, Joseph, Klaudia, Arthur, Gemma
Sarah · Alison · Joseph · Klaudia · Arthur · Gemma
Now admittedly you do sometimes have to sacrifice a bit of grammatical integrity to do this, but I might be able to solve that with tweaking and it is worth it for the clarity and orderliness the interpunct brings.
Are you with me?
- Let’s · Do · This!
- I am afraid of change and also boring and wrong