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A comma, you say?

Posted by Bob on May 14, 2001

In Reply to: A comma, you say? posted by Billy Bright on May 13, 2001

: : Here's something for you "comma lovers" to toy with.
: : Is anyone aware of the Latin horacle, which became famous for a "comma only" difference?
: : Some famous warrior asked about his upcoming war campaign, and the response was:
: : "Ibis, redibis, non morieris in bello."
: : Or was it:
: : "Ibis, redibis non, morieris in bello?"
: : As I said, only a comma would have been moved - but it meant a big difference for the warrior alright!
: : Ok guys, the (US) clock is ticking!

: If he were an Italian warrior I should imagine it would require more that the mere movement of a comma to move him from the status of a joke.
Or, consider the difference between
"Let's eat, Grandma." and
"Let's eat Grandma."