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Quick #GrammarGeek #Punctuation thread for a Saturday morning

I was today years old when I realized that our words period, colon, and comma are just the Greek words for lengths of clauses used as signs for those things in English…
"The period is a statement which has beginning and an end."

περίοδός ἐστι λέξις ἀρχὴν ἔχουσα καὶ τελευτήν

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“…So too do things called kôla divide and clarify the language of prose”

οὕτω καὶ τὴν ἑρμηνείαν τὴν λογικὴν διαιρεῖ καὶ διακρίνει τὰ καλούμενα κῶλα

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The square bracket might be the most consequential #punctuation mark in US history. #Barr's [T] shows he OMITTED the opening portion of this KEY #Mueller sentence in his summary. Something came before "[T]he investigation did not establish..." #ReleaseTheFullMuellerReport thread
Why did #Barr shorten the most exculpatory quotation in his summary? It's not as if he had a tight word count. If #Mueller completely cleared Trump & others, why not include the full sentence?
And why did #Barr the quote the sentence in such a way that he needed to show he'd changed a lower-case to upper-case T? He could've written: The report states that "the investigation ... " and avoided the fussy [T].
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