Happy National Punctuation Day!06:02
According to CNN, September 24 is National Punctuation Day, described on the official website as "a celebration of the lowly comma, correctly used quotes, and other proper uses of periods, semi-colons, and the ever-mysterious ellipsis." The website features an exhaustive library of punctuation images, along with instructions on their proper use. You can also get a recipe for the Official Meat Loaf of National Punctuation Day.
Wondering how to celebrate National Punctuation Day? The holiday's founder, Jeff Rubin, has a few suggestions:
- Sleep late.
- Take a long shower or bath.
- Go out for coffee and a bagel (or two).
- Read a newspaper and circle all of the punctuation errors you find (or think you find but aren’t sure) with a red pen.
- Take a leisurely stroll, paying close attention to store signs with incorrectly punctuated words.
- Stop in those stores to correct the owners.
- If the owners are not there, leave notes.
- Visit a bookstore and purchase a copy of Strunk & White’s The Elements of Style.
- Look up all the words you circled.
- Congratulate yourself on becoming a better written communicator.
- Go home.
- Sit down.
- Write an error-free letter to a friend.
- Take a nap. It has been a long day.
I'd like to add one more item to your National Punctuation Day to-do list:
- Head over to the WEbook forum on Grammar, Syntax, and Other Nuts and Bolts, and join raging debates on the virtues of serial commas (also known as the Oxford comma), proper punctuation for quotations, the colon vs. the semi-colon, and more.
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