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It’s National Punctuation Day!

(From http://www.nationalpunctuationday.com, today's official website.)

Growing up, I was quite a grammarphobe. Honestly, I sucked at it.

I’m only recently getting better at realizing the difference between a comma and a semi-colon (I guess I was forced into it by decided I was in some way a writer!), but deep down, I think I must have always had a longing for it.

My father kept a square tin full of essentials next to “his end” of the kitchen table where he read the paper.

Inside the tin: black ball point pens, a calculator and at three colors of highlighters.

He probably got more satisfaction from editing the Winchester Star than he got from actually reading it.

In honor of him, I will happily celebrate National Punctuation Day today.

How does one celebrate the day? (When in doubt, google.)

According to the official website of National Punctuation Day, one should:

  • 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 arenโ€™t sure) with a red pen. This one’s for you, Dad!
  • 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 & Whiteโ€™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.
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  1. Angie
    September 24, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Ha, ha!! Awesome!! How about re-reading “Eats, Shoots, and Leaves?” ๐Ÿ™‚

    And btw… I’m not sure anyone in the journalism profession really has a right to honor National Punctuation Day! Stupid AP Style and its omission of the final comma in a series… among other weird things… No wonder your dad found so many mistakes in the paper! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • September 24, 2010 at 2:04 pm

      The Oxford comma is useless (unless there is an “and” within the series, like bologna, turkey, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches).

      I have no problem hating the Oxford comma AND celebrating National Punctuation Day!

  2. Jeannine
    September 24, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Isn’t a grammarphobe someone who is afraid of grammar? ๐Ÿ™‚

    With love from the English teacher!

  3. September 24, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    You are right Jeannine ๐Ÿ™‚

    I always need an editor.

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