The following advice of Bishop Orleton to Gourney and
Maltravers in 1327 is an excellent example of the importance of
punctuation: —Edwardum occidere nolite timere bonum est - “Refrain not to kill King Edward is right.” If the point is placed
after the first word, the sentence reads, “Not to kill the king is
right;” but if after the second word, the direction becomes, “Refrain
not; to kill the king is right.” (See Oracle.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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