National (Pun)ctuation Day
September 24th is National Punctuation Day… a day to celebrate the American tradition of co-opting the calendar for the purposes of marketing and self-promotion, as well as to perpetrate horrible, horrible, HORRIBLE puns. I can’t think of a better combination to appeal to headline writers of second-tier city business newspapers.
This day for the punctilious among us was founded by one Jeff Rubin — at first it was supposed to take place on August 22, but following what was probably a scuffle with the folks from National Obelism Day, it was moved to September 24.
Some sample groaners from the press:
Think an Ellipsis is When the Moon Moves in Front of the Sun?
Something for the Semiconscious of the Semicolon
The apostrophe catastrophe: National Punctuation Day points a red pen at the proliferation of sloppy writing
(*ouch, stop it!*)
Think a Semicolon is a Surgical Procedure?
The Best Darn Manufactured Holiday, Period.
(Gag… me… with… a… spoon!)