National Punctuation Day

Something as a writer I need to pay attention to.

Have you noticed less and less concern for proper punctuation? Texting is where I notice a change in spelling and punctuation that is used when communicating. So today is an opportunity to get back to paying attention to our written word. A day to promote the correct use of punctuation.

Details on Punctuation Day follow. The importance of proper punctuation forms the center of an ongoing debate, where the necessity of clear and precise communication is held up against the need for an evolution language. Punctuation Day argues that the correct use of apostrophes’, semicolons and other punctuation is critical if you’re to get your (rather than, say, you’re) message across. If you’ve spotted any examples of bad punctuation, take Punctuation Day as an opportunity to share them with your friends to promote awareness.

Are you aware of what#’ means?

It is possible that you have used the word “pound” or “hashtag’ (maybe depending on your age) but little did we know that the official name of the currency is “octothorpe.”

Twitter hastags for this day # #NationalPunctuationDay #PunctuationDay

Quotes on punctuation:

“From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.”  – Winston Churchill

“Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.”  – Anonymous

“In music, the punctuation is absolutely strict, the bars and rests are absolutely defined. But our punctuation cannot be quite strict, because we have to relate it to the audience. In other words we are continually changing the score.” – Ralph Richardson

“Punctuation, is? fun!” – Daniel Keyes

“Commas in the New Yorker fall with the precision of knives in a circus act, outlining the victim.” – E(lwyn) B(rooks) White


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