Well, it was yesterday, so I’m a day late. But to make up for it, I always carry exact change.
I first read about this at SaintPaulGrrl’s Northern Exposure. I intended to post about it yesterday, but had a lot of personal stuff going on and simply forgot. Punctuation is something we use daily, though, so it’s just as important today as it was yesterday, I suppose.
In comments, Miranda gives a great example of how much difference misplaced commas can make, for instance:
The panda walks into a bar… he eats, shoots, and leaves!
The power of the comma changed a passive panda, which eats bamboo shoots and leaves, into a homicidal psychopath! It’s a crying shame.
Seriously, though, please check out the website for National Punctuation Day®. It’s a handy resource for all your punctuation needs. And they’re open seven days a week, 24 hours a day!
From their website:
5th Annual National Punctuation Day® helps schools and businesses promote good writing skills and literacy
PINOLE, CA — Why is punctuation important Jeff Rubin the Punctuation Man and founder of National Punctuation Day explains that without punctuation you would not be able to express your feelings in writing not to mention know when to pause or stop or ask a question or yell at someone and without punctuation you would not be able to separate independent clauses and show an example of how a business lost millions because of an errant comma so dont forget the most important punctuation mark $$$$$$ OK so a dollar signs isnt a punctuation mark but its important dont you agree
Do check it out!