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National Punctuation Day!

  1. Sep 24, 2010 #1

    BobG

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    Yay! It's my favorite (but just by a narrow margin) holiday: National Punctuation Day!

    Oh, but it would be so cool to devote this day to donating commas, periods, and (Yes!) even semi-colons to those on our humble forum that lack the economic means of purchasing their own.

    It would also be neat to hear everyone's favorite symbol of punctuation, why they find that particular punctuation mark so enthralling (as if any punctuation mark could ever fail to be enthralling!); however please keep in mind that paragraphs (which are definitely not punctuation marks) are very important unto themselves.

    My favorite punctuation mark is the parenthesis (as if anyone who has read my past posts couldn't have guessed that). I like them because you can slide them directly into the middle of sentence or even in between sentences. While the things I usually enclose in parenthesis would be more appropriate as footnotes, the reader is saved the inconvenience of having to look all the way down to the bottom of the page to read my somewhat irrelevant (but incredibly interesting) asides. Besides, half the stuff I put in parentheses don't even belong in footnotes, since it's usually just my train of thought taking off on some tangent (and it's always a bad sine when a person goes off on a tangent).

    Pick your favorite punctuation mark: National Punctuation Day.

    Strangely, I had no idea that there was a solar ellipsis scheduled for September 24 of this year, but then again...
     
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  3. Sep 24, 2010 #2

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    I, too, am fond of non-essential clauses. They add so much to the discussion! (My tech editor begs to disagree.) Parentheses are very nice for such non-essential clauses; however, they are not the only tool at your disposal. A word of advice, Bob: Don't limit yourself just to parentheses with your non-essential clauses. Spice things up a bit—an em dash works quite nicely and makes your writing look a bit less LISPish (lots of inane silly parentheses).
     
  4. Sep 24, 2010 #3

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    The interrobang doesn't get the attention it deserves. Why is that?!
     
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  5. Sep 24, 2010 #4
    But it's not an international punctuation day period
     
  6. Sep 24, 2010 #5
    When your period is more like a question mark, you may be pregnant.
     
  7. Sep 24, 2010 #6

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    That list is missing all the neat forms of punctuation used in forming lists! Lists are great, by the way.
    • Lists obviate the need proper grammar and punctuation
    • Lists help you think like a manager
      • Use lists often enough and you'll be a candidate for a promotion
      • Using powerpoint to make your lists helps make that promo a sure thing
    • Lists make it easy to put in lots of non-essential stuff
      • Just make a sublist
        • Deeply nested even!
        • You can toss in whatever crosses your mind!
    • Complete sentences? No need for that in a list!
     
  8. Sep 24, 2010 #7

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    And then there are those people that are blessed with a surplus of punctuation marks. Very often they are people of apparently modest means, but they have such a surplus of punctuation that they can put signs on their lawns saying things like "Bunnie's for sale". Such profligate excess in tough times like these.
     
  9. Sep 24, 2010 #8

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    Because it's hard to catch a glimpse of. You have to find the most sincere soy bean field in your town and then stay up all night hoping the field you chose actually is the most sincere soy bean field. A wrong choice and you spend the night getting slugged by your girlfriend.
     
  10. Sep 24, 2010 #9

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    A note of advice to those getting a tattoo. If in doubt, leave the apostrophe out. You can always add an apostrophe mark, but it's darn hard to erase when it comes to tattoos. Although, I guess a person could take that to a ridiculous extreme.

    [PLAIN]http://www.typobuddy.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/cards_your_delt.jpg [Broken]

    Thirteen words and four misspellings! A new league record!
     
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  11. Sep 24, 2010 #10

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    Someone has to invent a tattoo needle with spell check and an undo button.
     
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    I never use exclamation points. I feel like an idiot using them. Some people use them after every sentence. They look like idiots.
     
  13. Sep 24, 2010 #12

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    leroyjenkens and lisa! - the PF date from hell!
     
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  17. Sep 24, 2010 #16

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    I want that two minutes of my life back please :-)
     
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  18. Sep 24, 2010 #17

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    Ok, just don't spend them watching badger, badger, badger. :devil:
     
  19. Sep 24, 2010 #18

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    We should use this day to remember the great crisis of 1997:

    http://www.csun.edu/liberalstudies/gateway/fall_06/martin_period_shortage.pdf [Broken]
     
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  21. Sep 24, 2010 #20

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    [ . . . ]
     
  22. Sep 24, 2010 #21

    Ivan Seeking

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    Remember, everyone over fifty should have their colons checked once a year.
     
  23. Sep 25, 2010 #22
    That's not one of those semicolon ideas is it?
     
  24. Sep 25, 2010 #23

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    I do have a tendency to overuse my colons sometimes when I write.
     
  25. Sep 25, 2010 #24

    Ivan Seeking

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    As women get older, they lose their periods.
     
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