Punctuation: Asterisk*

Continuing Function 2: Sentence Enders.  This time we explore the Asterisk, which briefly stops information and sends us off somewhere else while holding our location with a referent point.

The Asterisk *

When writing, we often want to add an extra statement or comment about the detail.

That extra statement or comment is tangential, meaning that it is not necessary.  It may be background digression.  It may a comment creating subtle distinctions.  Whatever the reason, the comment is not necessary to the discussion above, so it is cast out of the text, usually in the footer of the page or in an End Note.

Footnotes are not reserved for scholarly information.  Author commentary is equally important to our communication.

Clarity of communication is all that determines the use of the additional comment. Continue reading “Punctuation: Asterisk*”