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Punctuate to communicate

24th Sep, 2012 | Posted by in Blog

punctuation |ˌpə ng k ch oōˈā sh ən|


The marks, such as full stop, comma, and parentheses, used in writing to separate sentences and their elements and to clarify meaning.

Punctuation Day |ˌpə ng k ch oōˈā sh ən| |dā|


A day of festivities held in honour of these marks.


You can’t beat good punctuation; it helps us to express ourselves textually without ambiguity. For example, writing ‘Go eat, David’ would mean that you’re telling David to go eat, whereas to say ‘Go eat David’ would be the type of thing a modern-day cannibal might say to another, especially if they’re not a massive fan of David.

Bad punctuation, on the other hand, very much deserves a beating. Stray apostrophes could well be the worst, such as ‘Half price on pizza’s this week’, and missing apostrophes are just as bad, like in the case of ‘Have you ever tried Dicks soup?’

However, there’s a place in Hull that really takes the biscuit. I’ll change the name for legal reasons (also because I can’t remember what it’s called), so let’s say it’s called Sharon’s. But the sign doesn’t say Sharon’s, nor does it say Sharons or even Sharons’, instead it says Sharon,s. That’s right, a comma in place of an apostrophe; and it’s not even like the offending character has simply slipped, as this is a printed sign.

So remember to always watch your colons and your exclamation marks, your dashes and your quotation marks, and never forget that without letters or numerals following it, a hash is just a hash, not a hashtag.

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Rich Sutherland

Rich is a copywriter and social media manager who loves writing about random things in his spare time. Between weekly posts for Days of the Year, he can be found on his blog, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram. He also writes short stories within 140 characters on his @tinyweefiction channel. If you see him in the street, make sure to wave (he's 6'4" with glasses, a beard and rockabilly hair - can't miss him).
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