Friday, September 24, 2010

Happy Punctuation Day!

It's no secret that I am a word nerd. I think that the proper use of grammar is so important in a society of spell check and chat/text speak.

Today is National Punctuation Day. Yes, those little marks do indeed get their own day of celebration.

And they deserve it, too! What else can change a sentence from being cannibalistic to loving? The mere addition of a comma changes the meaning of a sentence like you wouldn't believe. Observe:

Let's eat grandma!
Let's eat, grandma!

See? One tiny little mark can define whether you want to eat your own grandmother or invite her over for dinner. Kind of seems important, now doesn't it?

If you'd like to learn more about this quirky little holiday, check out the official website.
Check out some of Grammar Girl's quick and dirty tips.
Also take a look at the Purdue OWL's tips.

How about one more little fun thing? Bob the Angry Flower has a few things to say about the apostrophe:

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Happy Punctuating!


Anonymous said...

I indeed love punctuation and grammar too much too. Happy Punctuation Day!! Here's to more commas, semi-colons, and the rest of the punctuation family being used correctly!