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National Punctuation Day

The writer’s, grammarian’s, editor’s, and proofreader’s equivalent to Thanksgiving, National Punctuation Day is a day to celebrate and be thankful for punctuation, without which written sentences would have no structure, organization, emphasis, or emotion. You can also be thankful that, contrary to how it might appear, you’re not alone in understanding why “you’re” was used in this sentence over “your.”

National Punctuation Day was created by Jeff Rubin in 2004 to promote the correct usage of punctuation, which we don’t recommend taking for granted. Just think of the chaos that would ensue if sentences were left without a period or question mark, if everyone was just walking around thinking that one of the apostrophe’s uses is to indicate that a word is plural, or if commas were just placed anywhere in a sentence, or worse, forgotten.

Celebrate National Punctuation Day by keeping an eye out for punctuation errors in your morning newspaper, signs, or any written document you encounter through out the day. Make sure to proofread all of your writing today. If you’re punctuation challenged, we’ll only judge you if you don’t make an effort to use correct punctuation. There are plenty of resources out there, but for quick and simple tips, check out Grammar Girl’s punctuation tips.

In celebration of National Punctuation Day, the New Yorker‘s Questioningly blog is holding a punctuation-inspired contest on Twitter. The challenge? Create a new punctuation mark by combining two existing punctuation marks.

Oh, also, you have to name your fused punctuation mark and give some sense of its function. An already existing example is the interrobang, ?!, which conveys excited disbelief.

- Ben Greenman, Questioningly

Before you go pairing punctuation marks together, make sure to consider each punctuation mark’s personality and lifestyle for compatibility. After all, if they’re going to work together, you want them to get along.

 

Sources: National Punctuation Day, New Yorker, The Atlantic Wire, Wikipedia

 

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National Grammar Day – March 4th

Grammarians, linguaphiles, English majors and, as David Foster Wallace would say, “SNOOTS,” this three-year-old holiday is for you: Happy National Grammar Day!

What is National Grammar Day?

National Grammar Day was founded by Martha Brockenbrough in 2008. Also the founder of the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar (SPOGG) and author of “Things that Make Us [Sic],” Brockenbrough created the holiday to celebrate language and grammar, to promote correct grammar and language use and to appreciate and honor the grammar rules that help us to avoid chaos through clear written and verbal communication.

When is National Grammar Day?

National Grammar Day is celebrated on March 4 each year.

How do I celebrate National Grammar Day?

Look for and correct incorrect grammar in magazines, newspapers and local ads. Write a grammar-related poem or story. Or just check out other fun National Grammar Day activities and amusements at nationalgrammarday.com.

Source: nationalgrammarday.com, grammar.about.com

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