QOTD - Woman without her man is a savage!
Date: Wed, 31 Jan 96 17:04:37 -0800
From: Peter Langston <psl>
Subject: QOTD - Woman without her man is a savage!
Ask the members of the group to provide any punctuation necessary to the
following seven-word sentence: "Woman without her man is a savage." The
average male chauvinist will quickly respond that the sentence needs no
punctuation, and he is correct. There will be a few pedants among the male
chauvinists who will place balancing commas around the prepositional phrase:
"Woman, without her man, is a savage." Grammatically, this is also correct.
A feminist, however, and an occasional liberated man, will place a dash
after "woman" and a comma after "her." Then we have "Woman--without her,
man is a savage."
--Robert A. Day
From: How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper
(Phoenix: Oryx Press, 1988), p.164
© 1996 Peter Langston