Grammar Factoid

While I was at the bank today, on the TV screen they have to entertain the waiting masses, mentioned factoids. It stated that punctuation wasn’t used until the fifteenth century when the printing press was invented. Until then thewordsrantogetherlikethis.

However, after I went home and I did research I found that wasn’t exactly true. English has always used some form of punctuation, but it wasn’t standardized until the invention of the printing press. In the ninth century, the Romans started using dots to separate words.

Later, a librarian in Alexandria became the first to coin the terms “comma,” “colon,” and “period,” although they were very different from what we use today.

It’s interesting to see how grammar evolved.