National Punctuation Day: Does punctuation really matter?
Does punctuation really matter? In their spare time some people enjoy cooking their families and their dogs. Others enjoy cooking, their families, and their dogs.
Grammar saves lives: We’ve all heard the joke about ‘Let’s eat Grandma!’ instead of ‘Let’s eat, Grandma!’ The first could suggest you’re planning to eat your dear old granny, the second invites her to join you for dinner, see the difference? It doesn’t stop there! Good punctuation can make all the difference when it comes to how people perceive you or your business. Everyone knows it, but it’s still astounding how many times bad spelling or grammar has ended up on websites and advertising content.
It can sometimes be difficult to know when to employ certain grammatical forms. Punctuation Day, established by Jeff Rubin in 2004, underscores the importance of key grammatical forms such as a colon, set of brackets or even an ellipsis. Schools are holding celebrations to make students aware in an interactive and fun way (grammar can be fun, promise!). In addition to that, we can all definitely try to pay a little extra attention to our punctuation today especially over text or social media; we’re all guilty of being a bit lax at times!
Not only can standard English be difficult, but also the difference between US and UK English and not to mention the difficulties faced when dealing with other commonly used languages. As a proof-reader, I enjoy being picky with grammar and my friends didn’t seem to mind when they needed someone to check their dissertations! I’ll try to be more forgiving in the future but here’s a helpful diagram just in case.
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Posted on 24/09/2018
by Susan Wilson