Is the Period Past its Prime?

David Crystal, a professor in Wales and author of more than 100 books on language, says punctuation is evolving, or even going away altogether. Called the “full stop” across the pond, the period has been a sentence anchor for thousands of years, but all before the advent of social media. In the age of concise messaging, millennials in particular frequently skip commas and periods. With limited space or characters, writers know their message’s recipients will get when a thought ends. Hashtags come to mind, for example. #idonthavetimetousepunctuation is long, but still easy to decipher. It’s much easier for some to type a Tweet or instant message without punctuation. That doesn’t mean that ski

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