?#!@!?+!**, September 24 Is National Punctuation Day

Dust devil of Mars
These marks which slightly resemble possible punctuation data are just a dust devil on the surface of Mars, A Dust Devil of Mars
Credit: HiRISE, MRO, LPL (U. Arizona), NASA

National Punctuation Day

Monday September 24 is National Punctuation Day. No, your bank will still be open and your kids will not be sent home from school early, but they might be asked to vote for their favorite Presidential Punctuation Mark by writing one, highly punctuated paragraph that includes:

an apostrophe ‘

brackets [ ]

colon :

dash —

ellipses  …

exclamation point !

hyphen –

parenthesis ( )

period .

question mark ?

quotation mark  ”

semi colon  ;

The topic of this written paragraph should be what is your favorite punctuation mark and why. Contestants have until September 30 to enter their written piece. The receiving e-mail address for all entries is  Jeff@NationalPunctuationDay.com . There is no age limit to the  contest and winners will be rewarded with various prizes that exhibit the shape or image of one of the more common punctuation marks. Winners will also be awarded a T-shirt with an image of a punctuation mark along with some edible goodies, prepared in the shape of one of the above punctuation marks. Now! Don’t everybody enter at once.? &!


Evolution of the Ampersand
Evolution of the Ampersand, from Wikipedia

The Evolution of the Ampersand

The Ampersand is that strange tall symbol, &, that is often used like the word ‘and‘. This symbol is commonly used to join two unrelated names together. For example a business headed by three partners with the last names of Smith  and Jones and Church might be expressed as such: Smith, Jones & Church. Nonetheless, the Ampersand did not always look as it does today. In fact, it is believed that the Ampersand first appeared in the First Century A.D. as a symbol that joined the two Roman letters, E and T. Over the years the symbol has changed into its present-day form.

The Zero Tolerance Approach To Punctuation

And if you think punctuation is a boring subject, check out the ever-popular book by Lynne Truss, entitled Eats, Shoots & Leaves. The clever parable at the beginning with the Panda bear is priceless. Keep in mind that this very funny guide to using punctuation marks has sold millions of copies and can be found in almost every English-speaking bookstore and library around the world. Even with whole chapters devoted to such exciting subjects as the comma, semi colon and dash, this full-length book with keep you smiling and laughing for hours on end. Reading this classic would be a great way to spend the evening of National Punctuation Day.

Enjoy National Punctuation Day?!://


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