In”Eats, Shoots and Leaves”, what analogy does the author say that grammarians use for the relationship of punctuation to words? – 2017

In “Eats, Shoots and Leaves”, what analogy does the author say that grammarians use for the relationship of punctuation to words?

stitching

Punctuation has been defined many ways. Some grammarians use the analogy of stitching:

Another writer tells us that punctuation marks are the traffic signals of language:

the simple advice given by the style book of a national newspaper: that punctuation is “a courtesy designed to help readers to understand a story without stumbling”.

analogy
noun
a comparison between one thing and another, typically for the purpose of explanation or clarification.
“an analogy between the workings of nature and those of human societies”
a correspondence or partial similarity.
“the syndrome is called deep dysgraphia because of its analogy to deep dyslexia”
a thing which is comparable to something else in significant respects.
“works of art were seen as an analogy for works of nature”

In sewing, to tack or baste is to make quick, temporary stitching intended to be removed.


Tacking is used in a variety of ways: To temporarily hold a seam or trim in place until it can be permanently sewn, usually with a long running stitch made by hand or machine called a tacking stitch or basting stitch.

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