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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Ought to be a national holiday

You guys! It's National Punctuation Day!!!
I love punctuation. Love it. I think it's so important, and I use a lot of it.

An old coworker, Carla, and I once got into a battle about whether to show ellipses like this...or like this . . . My vote was the latter, but she insisted on the former. I think I let that one go in the end, but I still think I was right.

Incidentally, a friend of mine almost canceled her first date with a guy because he used the wrong form of "its" in an email (they met online). Luckily, she decided to go anyway, and they were married in January.

Punctuation lovers aren't alone--just check out the baked goods in the contest on this website for proof. What's your favorite punctuation mark? Mine's definitely the semi-colon; I know how to use it, and I'm not afraid to.

More soon!


jan said...

Ah, I am a fellow semi-colon lover. In the books I just finished, one of the "rules" was that I could not use semi-colons as that fell under the heading of punctuation too complicated for the reader age. It was painful.

I love semi-colons; they rock.

Ah, I feel so much better now.

Beth Brezenoff, Senior Editor said...

Jan! A fellow semi-colon lover! Maybe we should make t-shirts. :)

I have to admit that in the SAB books there are very few, if any, semi-colons. One of those reader support things. But still, I love them. . . .

jan said...

Ah well, at least I have practice writing around them. But they're the glue in my run-on sentence addiction.

T-shirts would be fun but people would think it was some kind of new emoticon.

I <3 ;

I think it would confuse. Though...my sharpie and I might make such a shirt anyway. At the very least, it will give my ten year old something new to be horrifed over.