Get your red pens ready grammar enthusiasts, because this September 24 marks the 10th celebration of National Punctuation Day! Former reporter Jeff Rubin founded National Punctuation Day as an outlet for his frustration with the egregious errors he noticed every morning in the newspaper. It was declared an official holiday when Rubin secured a listing in “Chase’s Calendar of National Events” in 2004. To commemorate this important day, Rubin offers the following suggestions:
- 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.
Sage advice, Mr. Rubin. Thank you!
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Author Catherine Spicer is a manager of customer content services at PR Newswire.