Ever second guess that comma or totally regret using an exclamation point when you really meant a question mark? A little snafu like that can drastically change the meaning of what you are trying to write, no?
Ex: I’m pregnant! vs. I’m pregnant?
Face it: Punctuation is a vital part of communication, and today is its day to shine! If you can believe it, it’s National Punctuation Day!
I’m sorry, but what dork invented this day? Or maybe it was a fed up school teacher who’d had enough of his or her students being lazy with their commas or getting a little frisky with their colons. If you visit the official website – yes, it totally exists – http://www.nationalpunctuationday.com/, you can get yourself a massive dose of punctuation facts sure to you make you less cool than you already are.
The fine folks on the site even provide a tab you can click to find out how to best celebrate this glorious day.
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.
And then marvel in your lameness as you spend your Friday night alone. Again.