First Known Use of punctuation
PUNCTUATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of punctuation for English Language Learners
: the marks (such as periods and commas) in a piece of writing that make its meaning clear and that separate it into sentences, clauses, etc.
PUNCTUATION Defined for Kids
Definition of punctuation for Students
1 : the act of adding punctuation marks to writing
2 : a system of using punctuation marks
Word Root of punctuation
The Latin word pungere, meaning “to prick” or “to pierce,” and its form punctus give us the roots pung and punct. Words from the Latin pungere have something to do with pricking or piercing. To puncture is to pierce with something pointed. A pungent smell is one that is so strong and sharp that it pierces the nose. Someone punctual acts at the exact point when the hands of the clock prick the right moment. Punctuation pierces a string of words to form separate sentences.
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