It’s National Punctuation Day

by Steve Laube

Today is National Punctuation Day! Established by Jeff Rubin in 2004 it is a “celebration of the lowly comma, correctly used quotation marks, and other proper uses of periods, semi-colons, and the ever mysterious ellipsis.”

Please visit the official site: www.nationalpunctuationday.com.

Recently I walked into a church classroom to find a list of the 10 Commandments on the board. The first line read “No other God’s.”
Sigh.

If you want to read a fun book on grammar and punctuation I can recommend Mignon Fogarty’s Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing.

So while you take a moment to appreciate the need for precise punctuation enjoy this delightful five minute repartee between Dean Martin and Victor Borge singing with Phonetic Punctuation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiGgnpUrP98

10 Responses to It’s National Punctuation Day

  1. Debra September 24, 2012 at 4:31 am #

    Yes, love Grammar Girl’s book! I’m off to hunt down comma splices, replacing them with semi-colons where I might. Ooops

  2. tcavey September 24, 2012 at 5:00 am #

    Will checkout the Grammar Girls book. Thanks.

  3. Debby Mayne September 24, 2012 at 6:25 am #

    That video is hilarious!

  4. Meghan Carver September 24, 2012 at 7:12 am #

    What a terrific way to start the week! Thanks for the laughs!

  5. Jeanne September 24, 2012 at 7:21 am #

    I laughed out loud at this video. Gotta love the sound effects boys and men can make. 🙂

  6. S. Kim Henson September 24, 2012 at 7:25 am #

    Thanks for sharing the best stuff!

  7. Anita Mae Draper September 24, 2012 at 7:51 am #

    As soon as the segment started, I remembered watching it on TV as a child, although I’m sure I laughed harder today than I did back then. Thank you!

  8. Robin Patchen September 24, 2012 at 8:00 am #

    I needed that laugh this morning. Thanks, Steve.

  9. Rachel Wilder September 24, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

    I love Victor Borge! Didn’t know he’d ever taught Dean how to do phonetic punctuation.

  10. Peter DeHaan September 24, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

    Steve, I wished you given more warning so I could properly prepare for and celebrate this grand day!

    (Thanks for keeping us informed. I put Grammar Girl’s book on my Amazon wish list; I could use her help.)

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