The two versions of this "Dear John" letter
were sent to me among a group of jokes as an e-mail. If anyone can tell
me who the author is, I will appreciate it, both so I can give credit and
check on copyright. (Since this is a non-profit, educational site, I am
assuming that I can post them until there is a legal reason not to.) As
the directions for the punctuation exercise indicate, the same letter can
be punctuated in two different ways to create two entirely different messages.
As a result, this letter should convince students that punctuation is important
more forcefully than any exhortations from teachers possibly can.
This border is adapted from an animated GIF
that I found in a graphic collection.