Tuesday, September 23, 2008

National Punctuation Day

Tomorrow, September 24, is National Punctuation Day. Thanks, Nancy for sharing that news with me!

Those of you who know me know that I am a word nerd and former copy editor who actually believes that punctuation is important, and the rules should be followed. I hate to see apostrophes misused, and the overuse of quotation marks is anathema to me. Commas I can give a little on because the rules are conflicting, but overall, punctuation rules are not difficult.

Given how many mistakes you come across on a daily basis (see http://www.apostropheabuse.com/ and http://quotation-marks.blogspot.com/), you'd think it was impossible to learn. Not true!

I know this post is begging for a series of very poorly punctuated comments. Fine. Let the anonymity of the Internet embolden you to grate on my nerves. Just remember that I am very, very pregnant right now and too much harassment could have significant consequences!

At any rate, if the triplets were born tomorrow -- no sign of that yet, by the way -- it would somehow be appropriate given their mother's grammar geekiness.


P.S.: The triplets missed the first of many possible birthdays they could share with family members. Today was my brother's 50th, and from the sounds of it, it was a pretty good day. I can't wait to see the pictures of your once-in-a-lifetime round of golf at Pebble Beach, Dan!


angela said...

Thats a "great" post, Christy. Thank's for sharing!

Christy said...

I can't believe you beat Molly to it!

Molly said...

I know. I'm a slacker.

Christy, we got an engagement card the other day where "Congratulations" was written on the inside, quotation marks and all.