pointing
Definition - To insert punctuation marks in a sentence.
Note: What we now call punctuating was formerly called pointing.

Example -
The period at the end of this sentence is an example of pointing.

Etymology -
The word ultimately derives from the Latin pungere, to prick or pierce.

Oxford English Dictionary -
Its first citation is from circa 1400:
"A reder that poyntith ille,
A good sentence may ofte spille."
(Rom. Rose 2161 )



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