Well, it’s that time of year again: September 24, National Punctuation Day. (I don’t know how this became a thing, but as a editing nerd I am all for it.)
There are so many reasons to celebrate good punctuation, but most of all we need punctuation so that things make sense. Here’s one famous example:
Let’s eat Grandma.
Let’s eat, Grandma.
I think Grandma would definitely agree that commas are very important here.
Another reason punctuation matters? Read here about comma chaos that caused a million-dollar mistake; as you can see in the simple sentence above, proper punctuation often makes all the difference — and in something like a contract, it’s vital to get it right.
So, visit the National Punctuation Day website for examples of punctuation horrors (if you’re into that), and celebrate your favorite mark. Today I will celebrate the em dash, which I love and overuse probably to most readers’ dismay — but I’m working on that.