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Is there a word describing a sentence whose meaning is changed by moving the punctuation? For example,

Let’s eat, Mommy!

and

Let’s eat Mommy!

Best Answer

According to the Wikipedia page for Eats, Shoots & Leaves, such ambiguous constructions are examples of amphiboly or amphibology (which come from the Greek word for ambiguity).

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