Hug a Comma Today

I just learned, via CNN, that today is National Punctuation Day. I had no idea such a holiday existed, but given that I tend to be a bit of a sticker stickler for proper punctuation (and its close friend, correct grammar), I am enthusiastically in support of such an occasion.

I’ve decided to celebrate by sharing one of my favorite punctuation tips, from Strunk and White’s famous The Elements of Style:

A common error is to write it’s for its, or vice versa. The first is a contraction meaning “it is.” The second is a possessive.

It’s a wise dog that scratches its own fleas.

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I certainly hope there are no errant apostrophes, kooky commas, or otherwise egregious errors in this post. That would be beyond embarrassing.

Updated to correct just such a mistake. Gah.

4 thoughts on “Hug a Comma Today

  1. sprite September 24, 2008 / 4:53 pm

    I prefer to be a bit of a pushpin myself. 😉

    Sorry. Couldn’t resist…

  2. wendalicious September 24, 2008 / 7:57 pm

    Would you be a regular sticker, or a scratch-n-sniff?

  3. Sarah September 24, 2008 / 8:02 pm

    Shit. You know those “egregious errors” I hoped to avoid? I think typing “sticker” instead of “stickler” might count as one.

  4. Mom September 24, 2008 / 8:24 pm

    OMG –I missed it 🙂 🙂

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