I just found out today is National Punctuation Day! WOW...they have a day for everything!
Now, the next question...How do I Celebrate National Punctuation Day®? Should I get out my red pen, or pink as they are in our offices? Do I correct every incoming email? I decided to go to the pros for the answer...
Lucky for me, Jeff Rubin, Founder of National Punctuation Day® provides a step by step plan for this special day.
When asked how we should celebrate, Rubin states, "I’ve been giving this a lot of thought, as several newspaper reporters who have interviewed me for stories have asked me this question.
Here’s a game plan for your celebration of National Punctuation Day®. A few words of caution: Don’t overdo it.
• 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 aren’t sure) with a red pen.
• 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 & White’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."
I dare any of you to find a punctuation error in this post...go ahead...I double dog dare you (wait, is that hyphenated?)