September 24 is National Punctuation Day, the special day of the year for people who can’t stand the improper use of punctuation marks. To put it more positively, it is the day when we celebrate the correct use of punctuation marks.
This day was “invented” by Jeff Rubin back in 2004, and he “encourages appreciators of correct punctuation and spelling to send in pictures of errors spotted in everyday life.”
With that in mind, here’s a photo which is perfect for this day.
Don’t you just feel for the comma? He has to see a therapist for all the trauma he constantly has to go through!
Also read: A Quick Look at the Serial Comma
How can you celebrate National Punctuation Day?
I think it’s simple: use punctuation marks properly. Alternatively, find these lamps, and put them in your home office as furniture.
As I mentioned above, founder Jeff Rubin suggests sending in photos of incorrect punctuation as seen in everyday life, so here are a few.
I don’t know about you, but yes, this does make me suspicious. What could they mean by “wash hands”?
Here’s a sign made by pros, although I don’t think they’ll be getting any business from writers.
How about this one? It’s technically correct, but…
Maybe they’re closed now.
Here’s one that just might make sense.
I’ll leave you with my new favorite punctuation mark, the sarcastices.
Why don’t you add to the fun? Send us funny examples of punctuation mark misuse!
Again, Happy National Punctuation Day!
(For good measure: May the Oxford comma go with you.)