In need of a part time assistant, I recently posted an ad on craigslist and received an alarming number of responses to my "add" on "craiglist," "craglist" or "cragilist." Maybe it's just me, but the misspelling of "ad" and/or "craigslist" did not work in a candidate's favor.
Parentheses seem ordinary, don't they? Boring, even. So why the hell would I waste a perfectly good column discussing such a mundane topic? Well, I'm glad you asked, because, as it turns out, parentheses are pure evil.
Below is the exact same personal letter, punctuated two different ways. After reading them both, you'll agree that proper punctuation can spell the difference between a second date and a restraining order.