Twitter Schools PMO on Grammar After Pricey Punctuation Error
On Wednesday, while speaking in the Rajya Sabha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi castigated the Congress for obstructing his government's policies.
People glued to their television sets saw Modi taking several digs at the Congress.
However, it was a tweet from the official PMO handle (run by the office and not Modi himself) that got several people talking on social media. Incidentally, the tweet once again proved why punctuation is so important.ant.
"Let us work together in providing the poor quality and affordable healthcare: PM," the tweet read.
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) February 7, 2018
The lack of comma completely changed the meaning of the sentence.
What the Prime Minister meant was-- "Let us work together in providing the poor, quality and affordable healthcare." Instead, it read as if we should 'work together' to help in 'poor quality' healthcare.
Tweeple, quick on their feet, noticed the missing comma in the tweet and decided to give Modi some grammar lessons.
Poor quality and affordable healthcare?! Not surprising at all. #PakodaEffect #PakodaGormint — Benlita Pinto (@BenlitaPinto) February 7, 2018
People demanded Modi to sack the culprit.
Sack whoever wrote this tweet for you! Loool. Poor quality and affordable healthcare!!!!! No PM in the world makes such promises in their manifesto!
— Abdurrahman Sufi (@sufi_1991) February 7, 2018
Sir pls chk tweet it says poor quality& affordable health care. # delete the tweet — chandrashekhar paras (@chandrachief) February 7, 2018
Punctuation missing hai bhai
— Rohit D Luffy (@Rohit92273563) February 7, 2018
The English sentence is wrong please correct it and resubmit . Thx — Sudhindra_SAN (@sudhir_san16) February 7, 2018
What did I just read?? Poor quality and affordable healthcare??
— Sasikumar Sambandam (@sasi_sam) February 7, 2018
It should be good quality not poor quality ,respected sir sorry if I am wrong ! — Amit (@Amit69879387) February 7, 2018
Soon, Modi's tweet became a hot topic of discussion on Reddit. People put up their own interpretation of his tweet.