National Punctuation Day

Today is National Punctuation Day. Find a favorite punctuation rule, and break it!

Just in time for the new school year, National Punctuation Day is here. Yes, in the United States, we have such a day. I learned about it this morning, and I thought you’d like to know about it too.

Do you have a favorite punctuation mark? I do. It’s actually a combination of marks, all used together with quotes. I know the rules for using quotation marks as well as the next guy, but I intentionally break this rule every time I get the chance. It’s just plain silly. Here it is: Place periods and commas inside quotations.  Here are a couple correctly punctuated examples:

  • Bill wrote an article named “Telling Time Internationally.”

  • The Java keyword is “switch,” and it only works with integers.

I can’t stand it. I much prefer this regardless of the rule:

  • Bill wrote an article named “Telling Time Internationally”.

  • The Java keyword is “switch”, and it only works with integers.

Need another reason to love the British? Apparently they use the rule in the only sane way I can understand. I’ve read that the Canadians do too. Hurray for Canada! Hurray for Great Britain! There may be other countries that do this correctly too. Let me know.


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