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BREAKING Billy Slater detained by police reporter @PatMolihan – why you should add punctuation even in tweets!


Call me a bloody pedant – but when I first read this breaking news tweet, I thought: Why was Billy Slater detained by a police reporter Pat Molihan? Citizen’s arrest after a dramatic crash tackle?

BREAKING Billy Slater detained by police reporter @PatMolihan was first with the player involved & is on the ground Manchester

A dash would make the meaning clear. You could save space by dropping the WAS.

Billy Slater detained by police – reporter @PatMolihan first with player involved etc…

The eye reads clusters of words – such as detained by police reporter 

Punctuation keeps some words together and other words apart – such as detailed by police – reporter Pat Molihan.

Anyway must go watch the news to see about what’s happened to Billy.

Billy+Slater

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