Last Wednesday was National Punctuation Day. I have several editor and writer friends. They like to celebrate punctuation holidays, listen to podcasts about grammar, and send me fun videos (like the one below – thanks, Johanna!). The serial comma omitted from this post’s title proves that punctuation is important! Let’s celebrate!
More proof that punctuation is important: A couple weeks ago, I had a get-together for my birthday. I invited some friends, including new friends, Sean and Mary. I invited them via e-mail. As for the party’s date and time, I wrote:
Friday, September 5 – 7:00 p.m.
When Sean and Mary arrived to the party at 5:45 p.m., I thought about what I had written in the e-mail. They skimmed over e-mail invite and assumed the party was from 5-7 p.m. because I chose a dash to separate the date and time. They thought the party’s times were strange, but they made sense of it by assuming that I had to work with Asia after 7:00 p.m., of course. 🙂 They helped Ellie, Ryan and me set up the party. If my folly doesn’t convince you of the importance of grammar … WHAT WILL?!?!?!?!
Watch Victor Borge and Dean Martin bring punctuation to music!