Today, September 24th, is National Punctuation Day.
I, who have never seen a comma I didn’t like, wanted to take a moment to encourage each and every one of you, my readers, to revel in your love of and need for punctuation. Whether it is the curiosity inherent in a question mark, the certainty in an exclamation point, the silliness in the snark, the shock in the interrobang, the pause in the comma, the hard stop in the period, or whatever it is that you get from other marks, punctuation is like the maps and the traffic signals in our language. Without punctuation, we would be lost in a noncontextual tangle of verbiage. Punctuation turns words into meaning and transforms phrases into artistry.
Sally forth and hug a comma today!