the proper use of brackets

One of my very favorite people in the whole world says I don’t know how to use brackets. I admit I use them a lot. [I try to use them at least seventeen times in each post.] [However, I don’t think I’ll make it to that number in this post.]

Valuable punctuation tips on how to implement the basic rules of punctuation into your every day writing.

Although there is a trend towards the minimal use of punctuation in the addressing of letters, it is essential to maintain correct punctuation in the body of the letter in order to convey the writer’s precise meaning.  Remember, punctuation is powerful—one punctuation mark can change the whole meaning of a sentence.

An English professor wrote the words: A woman without her man is nothing on the board and asked his students to punctuate it correctly.

All of the males in the class wrote:  A woman, without her man, is nothing.

All the females in the class wrote:   A woman: without her, man is nothing.

…Punctuation is powerful!…

I love to use brackets! I don’t care for the (parentheses) or the {curvy things – braces} or  <these> or many of the other things I don’t even know the names of . . .<lol.> [Just kidding!] [OK, I admit my tongue is lodged firmly in my right cheek!]

Let me just say, I know I use them incorrectly! But I love them! So what can possibly be incorrect about that?

Parentheses are like polite back seat drivers. (They interrupt to explain additional information that the reader should know. Parentheses can hold explanations, illustrations, or clarifications.)

I know that! [I just choose to use brackets for the very same thing!]

3 thoughts on “the proper use of brackets

  1. Camille

    I noticed the first time I read your blog that you use the brackets in place of parentheses and figured that you prefer them, maybe for artistic affect. I certainly did not assume that you did not know how to use brackets or parentheses, for that matter, correctly. Your whole blog is You- Your way…..and I love it! When your grade depends on the proper use of punctuation, (the rest of which is impeccable) maybe you’ll want to replace the brackets with parentheses, otherwise I say: embrace your artistic desire (to use parentheses, that is).

    I attempted to submit a comment the other night, but it vanished into a cyber-pit and I did not have time to rewrite it. So, here’s the gist of it:

    Thank you so much for your blog. I love reading it. I see myself in so many of the things you say and experience. In fact, I told Tracy the other day, “…it’s like we (you and I) are twins!” When I read your blog, I laugh, cry, think and ponder. And, though I have revealed my deep dark pains, fears, and sorrows with a few I could not on a blog. I am too needy and insecure, I need to see the facial expressions. (But since my two best friends are out of state, Idaho and Colorado, I often have to settle with a phone call.) BTW, thank you so much for being the mother of one of them- she turned out……I can’t actually think of a word to describe her, but Tracy and Tami are two basic elements I cannot live without!

    I love you so much and I wish I could convey how much good you have given me, how much you have impacted my life, how proud I am of you. Knowing that I’d be going to your house in the summer is what made life during the school year worth living. Every kid NEEDS an Aunt Dorothy!! (BTW, every time I see 12:34, 11:11, 2:22 I think of you. Every time I eat an orange I think of you; every time I say FOR PETE’S SAKE!, or SUGAR DIABETES! I think of you. ) I LOVE YOU!!

  2. weighingmatters Post author

    Oh my heck, Thank you so much. What a fun comment for me to wake up to. I’m so glad you read and I often think of you when I’m posting. I worry that my ‘reality’ and lack of consistency and success will somehow discourage you. You’ll say or think “what the heck does she know anyway!” Love you!

  3. camille

    Your “‘reality’ and lack of consistency—(not lack of success)” give me hope; you look GREAT, despite non-perfection. You know I am black-and-white, I feel like if I mess up once, I ruined my whole week/month/year/life/kids’ lives/etc. When I read your posts about the treats all around your house it reminds me of a horror movie……..the beautiful woman is walking to her car in the dark…..she fumbles for her keys….there are footsteps behind her….she struggles to get her key in the lock…..can’t get it in…..steps are closer…….etc…..only its Dorothy is on the computer …..the candy bars call out…she is pulled to the kitchen……and so on. So, the fact that (occasional) slips haven’t ruined your diet and health is very good to know.

    I am often saying “My Aunt Dorothy says,…..” when someone asks me about my diet, or I voluntarily start babbling on about diet/nutrition/exercise.

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