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:

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.”

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.

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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