On a train ride home today, catching up on my Twitter when I should have been doing some research (alas, they are not the same), I learned it was National Punctuation Day.
How could such a momentous day pass without my knowledge of it? I mean, I’m a huge punctuation geek. Want proof? I wrote the following nearly five years ago… about semicolons, no less. It’s as relevant today as it was in 2009; here it is, with just a touch of editing:
What news of the lowly semicolon? Of all forms of punctuation, perhaps none is more ignored, and perhaps maligned, than the semicolon. I would venture to say that more people have used the semicolon for a winking emoticon than have placed it between two independent clauses, thereby creating one cohesive sentence. I fear that without the creation and propagation of emoticons, the semicolon would be close to being relegated to the scrapheap of grammar niceties, used only by sixth grade teachers and writers attempting to show how smart they are (present company excluded, of course).