Did you know that punctuation can save lives? I know, it sounds a bit weird, but the humble comma can change the meaning of a sentence dramatically, and it becomes apparent that there are some good reasons for learning to use punctuation correctly. For example, you shouldn't write “Let’s eat Grandma!” when you really mean “Let’s eat, Grandma!” The first sentence suggests you eat your sweet old grandmother, while the second sentence extends an invitation to grandmother to share a meal with you. Can you see the difference? The point of Punctuation Day is this - share this wisdom of all forms of punctuation with the world.
This day was established in 2004 by Jeff Rubin, founder of www.nationalpunctuationday.com. Punctuation can be tricky, in particular for those who struggle with the use of a comma, a set of brackets, or even a semi-colon. Punctuation Day was established to help reinforce the lessons we learned early on, and to show just how important it can be to ensure that what you write can easily be interpreted.
Punctuation Day can be celebrated in many different ways. The National Punctuation Day website has their own list of ways to celebrate this auspicious holiday, starting with sleeping in late (I wish, I could, but my furry "alarm clocks" won't let me!), enjoying a long hot shower or bath, a bagel and cream cheese for breakfast, followed by circling all punctuation errors in the newspaper.
How will you celebrate Punctuation Day? =)