Celebrate National Punctuation Day

Today, September 24th 2010, is National Punctuation Day (NPD); it is a day to celebrate “the lowly comma, correctly used quotation marks, and other proper uses of periods, semicolons, and the ever-mysterious ellipsis.” NPD was founded by Jeff Rubin, a former news reporter and current newsletter writer. Jeff was always interested in punctuation, its use and function, and was often frustrated by its rampant misuse. So Jeff took action and founded National Punctuation Day in the hopes that people would celebrate punctuation rules and functions.

Lynne Truss, celebrated author of the passionate and humorous book about punctuation titled Eats, Shoots & Leaves, states: “Even in the knowledge that our punctuation has arrived at its present state by a series of accidents; even in the knowledge that there are at least seventeen rules for the comma, some of which are beyond explanation by top grammarians – it is a matter for despair to see punctuation chucked out as worthless by people who don’t know the difference between who’s and whose…

During an era of text messaging, instant messages, and email, we often forget punctuation rules. So for today at least, as Ms. Truss would suggest, be a bit of a punctuation stickler and pay attention to your commas and apostrophes.

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