National Punctuation Day or Punctuation Day is commemorated on September 24 of every year. Punctuation plays a significant role in every language. It might be a little strange, but when punctuation is not used correctly, then the entire meaning of the sentence gets changed. The main aim of National Punctuation Day is to spread awareness among the people and educate them on the need for appropriate usage of punctuation in any form of writing.
“I still put punctuation in my texts. If it’s an ‘I’, I make sure it’s a capital.” – Simon Cowell
History of National Punctuation Day
National Punctuation Day was founded by the American professional speaker Jeff Rubin in the year 2004. He was also the organizer of the website www.nationalpunctuationday.com. The day is celebrated to bring awareness and educate people about the fundamental role of punctuation and the necessity of using the correct punctuation. Rubin is notably encouraging the appreciators of correct punctuation and spelling by sending in pictures of errors that can be spotted in everyday life. Punctuations or points are usually the correct usage of spaces, conventional signs, and certain typographical symbols like periods, commas, semicolons, question marks, exclamation points, brackets, and so on. Punctuations are not only a key point in writing, but it is also an important thing to better understand the meaning during reading, including both silently and aloud, handwritten and printed texts.
Every language has its punctuation rules and symbols. i.e., punctuations in one language can convey another meaning in a different language. One might feel a bit of hardness while knowing about punctuation, but it is indeed playing a vital role in conveying what you mean. When punctuation is not used in the right place, then it will make an error, as you would have mentioned in one meaning, and the other person will take it in another possible sense. Punctuations are historically an aid to reading aloud. Without punctuation, there will be no clarity of meaning in whatever you convey. Punctuation Day will remind you of your school days when you have learned about them from the scrap. For instance, “What a beautiful day it is!” is an exclamatory sentence where you can’t use an interrogative question mark. If you use a question mark, the sentence will be “What a beautiful day it is?” which doesn’t give you the right meaning. So, one must learn to use the proper punctuation at the right time to make others understand what you are intended to tell.
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How to Celebrate National Punctuation Day
There are many best ways with which you could usefully celebrate National Punctuation Day. Firstly, learn about the punctuation and where each of them should be used. Check your writing work to see if you have used the right punctuation once after you have completed it. Start using punctuation while you text others through mobile and computer. You can participate in the event conducted by the founder of this day from his website to improve your grammatical knowledge. Post and share your National Punctuation Day celebrations on social media using the hashtags #NationalPunctuationDay or #PunctuationDay.
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