Brush Up on Your Punctuation
Did you know that this Wednesday, September 24, is National Punctuation Day? It was founded in 2004 by Jeff Rubin and according to The National Punctuation Day website, the day is “a celebration of the lowly comma, correctly used quotes, and other proper uses of periods, semicolons, and the ever-mysterious ellipsis.”
So what are you going to do to in honor of the day? For starters, you might want to brush up on some grammar basics. Few things look worse in business correspondence, marketing materials or a website than poor grammar. Not sure if that comma belongs? Run it through Grammar Check or show it to someone else before hitting send. Have a little more time on your hands? Read the classic book, The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White. Or review your company style guide or check out some of the other resources on the National Punctuation Day website.
In a world of Tweets and social media posts where it’s rare to see a whole word spelled out, punctuation is even less visible unless it’s to create an emoticon. : ) Wednesday is a great time to start to reclaim the English language starting with proper punctuation. You’ll look and sound better. And you’ll be in great shape when National Grammar Day comes around on March 4.