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Hattie began rocking, in a rapid staccato, to punctuate her speech.

In such cases the compositor should punctuate as he goes along.

There we punctuate the full stop to our inquiries; we have the secret.

He banged the table with his riding-crop to punctuate the emphasis.

When a writer does not know how to punctuate his own language at any point he uses a dash.

Noiselessly, one by one, the stars came out to punctuate the heavens.

He thought: "He must punctuate his every phrase with that hideous laughter."

They began to punctuate the Prince's discourse with cries of approval.

How do you punctuate the sentence, "I saw a five-dollar bill on the street?"

There were pauses during which he allowed the night to punctuate his thoughts.

WORD ORIGIN

1630s, "to point out," from Medieval Latin punctuatus, past participle of punctuare, from Latin punctus (see point (n.)). Meaning in reference to text, "to have pauses or stops indicated," is from 1818, probably a back-formation from punctuation. Hence, "interrupted at intervals" (1833). Related: Punctuated; punctuating.

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