Friday, September 25, 2009

National Punctuation Day

Yesterday was National Punctuation Day, which might be my new favorite holiday. Unless someone comes up with National Snarkiness Day, this one is the winner.

Currently hurting my brain:
"Everything in the room, has special meaning to Lizzy."
"Most money in journalism, isn't spent on journalism."
"they were especially happy to wear there uniforms and they were so proud to where them."

I came across the first two in different publications, and read the second one not 10 minutes after the first. Because they demonstrate the same superfluous comma situation, I thought I was going crazy; but I confirmed with a fellow grammar snob that I am not. I won't tell you who wrote these, but let's just say that they were written by professionals. These were not things on someone's personal blog, all casual and colloquial. I don't care if it's "only" being published online - these errors are not a style choice. They are just mistakes. Aaah!

Sorry. I know this is annoying, but I can't help myself. I think it's in my blood. Apparently, my cousin used to correct her English teacher's writing up on the blackboard. At least I'm not alone.

I have been feeling extra nit-picky lately, and in honor of my new favorite holiday, I made this:

You're welcome. You can send it to your friends by clicking here.


  1. You are not, alone, indeed. My mom used to correct, my spelling on shopping lists, I gave her!

  2. Haha, Shonelle. Look at your commas go!

  3. that's awesome. when i first heard about national punctuation day, i told my coworkers. they weren't nearly as excited as i was.

  4. That's such a shame! My coworkers made jokes about it...and I couldn't tell if they were into it or just making fun of me.

  5. I get teased for using capitalization and punctuation in my text messages. I can't bring myself to become hip or illiterate. Now that I've said this out loud, I will probably butcher the next sentence I write.