Tuesday, December 9, 2014

the Panda Story

I will now tell the Panda story to illustrate the importance of the presence or the absence of the comma.

This panda walked into a tea shop and ordered a salad and ate it. Then it pulled out a pistol, shot the man at the next table dead, and walked out. Everyone rushed after it, shouting, "Stop! Stop! Why did you do that?"

"Because I'm a panda," said the panda. "That's what pandas do. If you don't believe me, look in the dictionary."

So they looked in the dictionary and sure enough they found Panda: Raccoon-like animal of Asia. Eats shoots and leaves.

(h/t to Ursula K. Le Guin - from Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew)

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