Friday, September 24, 2010

Happy National Punctuation Day!!!

Yes, my friends, today is National Punctuation Day, "a celebration of the lowly comma, correctly used quotation marks, and other proper uses of periods, semicolons, and the ever-mysterious ellipsis."

You can learn all about National Punctuation Day -- as well as the proper use of punctuation -- over on the National Punctuation Day website. The site is also running a Punctuation Haiku Contest, though you would be hard pressed to beat these gems (written by Craig Harrison):

Raised by two parens
I’ve been bracketed since youth.
I’m an inside job.

Dot dot ellipses
The yada yada of print.
So on and so forth.

When my editor removes
My inflamed colon.

And while not strictly about punctuation, I felt this Schoolhouse Rock video, titled "Interjections!" was appropriate to include here:

Happy National Punctuation Day to all -- and be careful where you stick that comma!


David T. said...

It is, by far, the happiest day of the year, for complete sentences.

"You complete me," the dependent clause added.

Charlene said...

I am cowering here in my home unable to write a complete sentence for fear of not using proper punctuation.

Furbo of Wilton said...

I did well to marry a wonderful editor, as punctuation and grammar were not in Vogue when in the late 60s and 70s when I was in school. Scary to think I was an English teacher :-)

Ange said...

Oh I love the ellipsis. I know I overuse it but it just says what I want to say so...eloquently.