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National Punctuation Day

September 24, 2009 - Karin Elton
Thursday is National Punctuation Day, said a random e-mail sent to me last week.

NPD has received worldwide media attention since former newspaperman Jeff Rubin founded the holiday in 2004, the e-mail said.

The National Punctuation Day Web site ( features incorrectly punctuated signs from all over the world.

“Casual shortcuts bred by e-mailing and text messaging have no place in school papers or professional business writing,” Rubin says. “In the business world, words have power and help decision-makers form impressions immediately. Careless punctuation mistakes cost time, money, and productivity.

“There’s an epidemic of poor punctuation in the United States, much like the Swine flu. It’s too bad there’s no vaccine to prevent it.”

I hate seeing ‘s to show something is plural. For example, the Elton’s, instead of the Eltons. Apostrophe s shows possession. The Eltons’ cat used to get in a lot of trouble around the neighborhood.


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