Infographic Reveals David Bowie’s Most-Used Words
From Jack Grieve, in response to “Up (for) and down (with)”, 3/17/2016:By request for Mark Liberman @LanguageLog: “Down with” vs. “Up for”…a rough North vs. South pattern — Jack Grieve (@JWGrieve) March 29, 2016
INTHEBEGINNINGWASTHEWORD, and the word was run together. Ancient texts (like the Greek of the Gospel of John) had few of the devices that tell readers where words begin and end (spaces), which words are proper names (the upper-lower case distinction), where breaks in meaning come (commas, dashes, semicolons and full stops), who said what (inverted commas), and so on.
Most people take punctuation to be something obvious and settled. In fact, the system is in a bit of upheaval.