I haven’t managed to produce a blog post in the past couple of months because I’ve been thinking too much about other writers’ works to think for myself. But as an editor, I just couldn’t pass up a chance to wish everyone a “Happy National Punctuation Day!”
What? You haven’t heard of National Punctuation Day? Don’t worry; many people (including me) have been—previously—unaware of this event established by Jeff Rubin less than a decade ago.
To remedy that situation, take some time today to learn more about this important holiday by visiting the NPD website: http://www.nationalpunctuationday.com. Here you will find pictures of common punctuation marks and instructions for how to use them, a recipe for the official meatloaf of National Punctuation Day, information on entering the 2012 “presidential” punctuation challenge, and a photo with more than 1,000 words worth of punctuation irony.
Why isn’t National Punctuation Day a paid holiday for all editors and proofreaders? I don’t know the answer to that; I just know I have punctuation issues awaiting my attention. So, until editors—and punctuation marks—get the respect they deserve … it’s back to work for me!