These manic episodes, however, only punctuate a life that is most fundamentally pathetic.
He even went so far as to punctuate the scoop with an exclamation point!
At each point, the audience was eager to punctuate his rhetoric with cheers and applause.
1630s, "to point out," from Medieval Latin punctuatus, past participle of punctuare, from Latin punctus (see point (n.)). Meaning in reference to text, "to have pauses or stops indicated," is from 1818, probably a back-formation from punctuation. Hence, "interrupted at intervals" (1833). Related: Punctuated; punctuating.