That's WRITE boys and girls. September 24th is (DRUM ROLL) National Punctuation Day. When I heard about this 24 hour period, my immediate reaction was “Who came up with THIS?” Well, I found out the creator is a dude by the name of Jeff Rubin, who founded National Punctuation Day 15 years ago in 2004 to draw attention to something that is often overlooked in writing.
I also discovered that National Punctuation Day is a REGISTERED TRADEMARK. Unfortunately, there was no registered trademark symbol available on this old computer keyboard, Jeff, so I had to spell it out to be legal.
One of my coworkers just told me this idea is *&8#%#! stupid. Oh, but not so fast. Remember, there is no "punctuation correct" on your computer, so I suppose we ought to pay attention so we won't be embarrassed. . (Ooops, sorry about the misplaced period)
According to National Day Calendar here's what you can do to make a difference! (No, really!)
- Spend the day critiquing others’ mistakes. Or, carefully correct your own.
- Determine which of your contracts for insurance, warranties, or service have a misplaced comma that might be to your benefit.
- To avoid punctuation altogether, just complete crossword puzzles all day. They don’t use any punctuation.
- Write an error-free email and send it to everyone you know. Better yet, write an email with a single error and challenge your friends to find it.
By the way, Jeff Rubin believes that life is better when the punctuation is perfect. Watch below and see how some teachers feel about their favorite punctuation marks. Enjoy!