Today is National Punctuation Day. Let’s make sure all of our commas, semicolons, and hyphens are in the right place.

To celebrate the day, and to ensure folks are using punctuation properly there is haiku contest being run on the official national punctuation day website here.

Entries must be received before September 30th to be considered for prizes. I’m not clever enough, and my punctuation kinda sucks sometimes, so I’m not entering…

Want to know how to celebrate National Punctuation Day? Good question. Here are some ideas direct from the founder, Jeff Rubin:

  • 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.


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