Pikers, the lot of you. I'm on a forum where a thread on ellipses is now on its twelfth page, at 15 posts per.
Here is the serious question that intrigues me. When you do a google search, it strips all punctuation-- including, I think, internal hyphens. But it isn't just gone as if it had never existed. So what role does the punctuation play?
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A recent, beyond-the-shadow-of-a-doubt example from my logs (the + are google's, the spaces are auto-added):
http://www.google.com/ search &q = “The + calla + lilies + are + in + bloom + again. + Such + a + strange + flower—suitable + for + every + occasion. + I + carried + them + on + my + wedding + day, + and + now + I + place + them + here + in + memory + of + something + that + has + died.”
Evidently someone had seen Stage Door
on late-night TV, looked up a line, and e-mailed the full quotation-- complete with utf-8-encoded punctuation which this Forum did not like-- to a friend in another state, who wouldn't take friend's word for it but did their own search.
If you feed the whole thing into google the punctuation disappears-- along with part of the text, due to 32-word limit. But the whole thing as originally typed
is dutifully sent to the searched site.