Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Monday (Aug. 22) Is National Punctuation Day

PINOLE, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Before you dash off to work next Monday (Aug. 22), spend a period celebrating “National Punctuation Day.”

That’s the exclamation of Jeff Rubin, who organized the punctuation celebration to draw attention to the importance of commas, semi-colons and correctly-used quotes in the English language.

Rubin says a day devoted to the ellipsis and exclamation points is necessary because the increased popularity of phone and e-mail is causing a swift decline in basic writing skills.

This is only the second year of National Punctuation Day so the tradition is still developing. However, Rubin plans to celebrate by reading a local newspaper and correcting spelling and grammatical errors in red ink.

Sadly, he says writing skills have deteriorated so much that there will be so many errors that the newspaper will probably “look like it popped a vein.”

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