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National Punctuation Day

Updated on November 13, 2016

National Punctuation Day - September 24, 2012

I am excited to share with you National Punctuation Day. You know you were just looking forward to this one. Now you will be sure to know how to dot your I's and cross your T's; where to put the "comma" and a few other important tibbitts!

Their claim to fame is "A celebration of the lowly comma, correctly used quotation marks, and other proper uses of the periods, semicolons, and ever-mysterious ellipsis." They celebrate this every year; the best I can tell is since 2004. Their web site National Punctuation Day", is filled with tips, product, antidotes, T-shirts, mugs, and more.

The special day, or organization National Punctuation Day was founded by Jeff Rubin. Here is a sampler of Jeff's correspondence between a punctuation seeker, Anne Wignall:

"Next time you are in line at the post office, look on the counter for a flier that says, "We want to know how we can help you?" It has been there for years, and it bothers me every time I go in.

Anne Wignall

(Response from Jeff)


Well, it is the post office!

Thanks for writing. If you happen to have a digital camera with you the next time you're in the post office, please take a photo and send it to me. I will post it on my web site and give you a photo credit.


It seems a little picky to me, but we all have are cross to bear!

Their site is asking for photos of their most annoying punctuation gaffes. And, as I mentioned you can pick up some nifty latte mugs, quotable "T" shirts, greeting cards and punctuation poster just in case you need some gift ideas for your office buddies.

So, enjoy your visit and maybe you will pick up a few pointers along the way.

The Hyphen

A short line used to connect the parts of compound words or the parts of a word divided for any purpose.

Correct Punctuation Makes All The Difference.

"A woman, without her man, is nothing."

"A woman, without her, man is nothing."

All joking aside, National Punctuation Day has a great program for children. Check out their site:

Punctuation Play

photo credit: National Punctuation Day Site


Bad Signage


''Let's eat Grandma!'' or, ''Let's eat, Grandma!'' Punctuation saves lives. Use it. Save a life.

To Bee or Not To Be...That Is The ?


How Sweet It is!

More Ways Than One To Punctuate!

Creator of National Punctuation Day

For information on Jeff’s speaking programs, visit

or call Jeff toll free at (877) 588-1212.

Using A Colon (no not that colon).

Not to cleanse but to clarify!

Generally, that which comes after a colon is meant to clarify, simplify, prove, or explain in more detail, that which comes before it.

What's your opinion?

May I Hear from My Readers?

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      Susan300 5 years ago

      Yay! 100% :)

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      DeboraR 5 years ago

      I love correct puntuation!

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      Stephen Bush 5 years ago from Ohio

      You had me at "punctuation". Thanks for providing some more respect for the word and its importance.