Last night I finished reading Eats Shoots & Leaves, “The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation,” a humorous romp through the full stop, the round bracket, and their punctuation pals: they make the written word understandable. “Full stop” is what Brits call a period; “round brackets” are parentheses. I hope you’re noticing the tricky punctuation in this post — the book is chock-full of this sort of nonsense.
Don’t get me wrong; I thoroughly enjoy the author’s wit, which is considerable. And I feel okay starting a sentence with and. But I fear this one’s going to fade from memory: I didn’t highlight a single sentence.