Today, friends, is a big day. Many of you won't know this, and most of you won't care; I will share my excitement nonetheless.
It's a big day for those of us who deem ourselves "grammar geeks." Celebrate with me, if you will, the 7th Annual Punctuation Day®. The Official National Punctuation Day website says today is "A celebration of the lowly comma, correctly used quotation marks, and other proper uses of periods, semicolons, and the ever-mysterious ellipsis."
Can I get an Amen?
I don't make my living writing, thank God! And I don't make my living editing. But I do appreciate a finely written piece, properly punctuated and spelled correctly. I have no tolerance for newspaper articles, web news, blog posts, and user comments that are just grammatically wrong. How can these people publish this with their names attached?
I'd like to think I don't make punctuation mistakes, ever. I know, though, that I'm totally guilty of misusing and overusing the ellipsis. Maybe I'll make that my plan for next year: to learn to use the ellipsis correctly.
Or maybe, I'll just keep doing what I've been doing all along, standing in judgement (privately of course) of the horrid writing I see so often.
I'm seriously hoping there is a "National Your/You're Day," followed quickly by a "National I/Me/Myself Day." That would SO rock!
Do all of us grammar geeks a favor if you will - if just for this one day - and try to use those little punctuation marks correctly. We'll work on spelling and proper pronoun usage when the time comes.
English minor and grammar snob (EMAG)