Monday, September 24, 2007

National Punctuation Day

National Punctuation Day -- Like most writers, I believe proper punctuation to be of utmost importance. Apparently, so does Jeff Rubin. Rubin is the founder of National Punctuation Day, which celebrates its fourth anniversary this year. Here are a few suggestions from Rubin to celebrate the day:

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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If you're looking for ways in which to improve punctuation, click here for a list of valuable resources.

Click here for a Quiz on Punctuation.


Jana said...

Sounds like a lovely way to spend a day...especially the coffee and bagel part. ;)

Heather said...

Figures that's the part you'd glom on to...LOL. ;)

Seriously, though -- I've just read three writing blogs in a row that contained punctuation or spelling errors. Yes, it may just be a blog, but people are still going to judge you by your writing. There was one article that contained a paragraph with so many errors, I stopped reading before I got a brain cramp trying to figure out what she was saying. We wouldn't send a manuscript or article out without proofing it, why should what we post online be any different? As they say, practice makes perfect.