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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

It's Punctuation Day! Tuesday's Truths WK 144


Welcome to my one hundred and forty-fourth segment of Tuesday's Truths which is coinciding with a holiday known as National Punctuation Day, a holiday which can save lives, as evidenced in the picture of a poster which is posted atop this entry.

According to a number of sources including Pee Wee Herman, this special day always occurs on September 24th and was founded by writer and designer Jeff Rubin as “a celebration of the lowly comma, correctly used quotation marks, and other proper uses of periods, semicolons, and the ever-mysterious ellipsis.”

In Herman's blog post re this day, he provides the following links to interesting resources that discuss punctuation. I've posted them directly below for your convenience.





As for me in terms of punctuation, I've referenced it here on Blogger in bygone years by sharing a mini essay by one of my favorite writers (E.B. White), which is always worthy of reposting as I've done in the text-based image directly below.

Additionally (within my prior blog posts) I've referenced the use of punctuation with a quotation by Oscar Wilde, which I dare say will bring a smile of acknowledgment from my fellow writer peeps.

Moreover, I've shared the following punctuation-themed cartoons by Bill Whitehead, which deserve another nod on this holiday.

This past August while walking in Central Park, I had the pleasure of encountering punctuation in nature when I came upon the Polygonia interrogationis (AKA Questionmark Butterfly). The creature is featured in the following series of photographs, some of which are included in an entry that I published this past summer after I came upon the insect and wanted to share what I had learned about how this insect came to be given the name Question-Mark butterfly (please click here to reference that entry).

And that's it for today dear reader, except to wish you a fruitful Punctuation Day, however you choose to celebrate it, bu utilizing the activities offered in the links I shared from Pee Wee Herman's blog, or by taking a walk amongst nature in search of a Question Mark butterfly or a Comma butterfly depending on where you may live.

One more thought posted below is a chart of fifteen punctuation marks featuring them "in order of how much they do and how hard they should be to learn."


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