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I was reading an article on Laptop Display, and I stumbled upon this snippet. Here, periods are used to separate items of a list, and I have never seen such usage. Is this actually allowed grammatically? Following is the snippet:

Contrast. Screen Resolution. Black level. Gamut. Uniformity. These words can seem like arcane scrawl to the initiated, but they’re actually not difficult to grasp.

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    It works in that context. – Lawrence Jan 21 at 6:10
  • Each of those is a sentence in its own right, so comes with a terminal period. Look at it again. Let me know if you still need help. – Kris Jan 21 at 8:21
  • @Lawrence Why does it? – Kris Jan 21 at 8:21
  • It is technically ungrammatical. Those fragments can't really be considered elided sentences in any normal sense of the word. At best, the whole thing is a single fragmented sentence. However, it's stylistically acceptable. – Jason Bassford Jan 21 at 9:10
  • @Kris I'm not sure, but I think it works as a set of 'headings' of sorts. The words don't work as a sentence if strung together without full-stops. They would also just 'hang in the air' if separated by commas or are otherwise treated as a list. I suppose you could use a dash or colon to connect them to these words, like so: "Contrast, screen resolution, ..., uniformity - these words can seem ...". – Lawrence Jan 21 at 9:56
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I don't think it is grammatically correct, and it is technically more proper to use commas, but as @Lawrence said in the comments, it does work in this context.

  • -1 See my comment at OP. – Kris Jan 21 at 8:21
  • It is gramatically incorrect. See getitwriteonline.com/articles/vertical-lists, which says that "Use a period after the last item in the list." – Michael Wang Jan 21 at 18:16
  • It's not a list per se so the reference is not relevant. Also, to use a period after the last list item is not mandatory, and most times detested by writers. Your source may not be authentic. – Kris Jan 22 at 6:34

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