Monday, January 25, 2010

On the importance of punctuation

Today I listened to my phone messages and discovered that someone had attempted to send a text message to my landline phone. Never fear, however: the phone company had considerately provided a machine-read voice version of the text message.

The only thing was, it was an awfully rude message. It began by barking orders ("Call my cell!") and then unhelpfully informed me that if I want to get back in touch, I should. . . have a good day?
Our landline is not working; call my cell.
If you need to reach us, have a good day!
Well, indeed.

(Recovering the original intent of the message is left as an exercise to the reader.)

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