Friday, September 24, 2010

Sticklers Unite!

It's National Punctuation Day today. This is a big day on my calendar!

Throughout the year, I collect examples of badly punctuated signage (my favorite is posted below), and read books with pencil in hand to correct punctuation errors in print. Call it my 'zero tolerance approach to punctuation'.

Today, I'm going to celebrate the day by curling up with one of my favorite books, Eats, Shoots & Leaves (see below), a manifesto for those of us punctilious about punctuation. I'm also going to make a point of using my favorite punctuation--the serial comma--boldly, frequently, and without apology as many times as possible today.

For those who agree that standards of punctuation in our world are abysmal, please share what you'll do to mark this great day. Share your bad signage! Spread the word! Sticklers Unite!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Nobody But Myself

"All my life I had been looking for something, and everywhere I turned someone had tried to tell me what it was. I accepted their answers too, though they were often in contradiction and even self-contradictory. I was naive. I was looking for myself and asking everyone except myself questions which I, and only I, could answer. It took me a long time and much painful boomeranging of my expectations to achieve a realization that everyone else appears to have been born with: I am nobody but myself."

~ Ralph Ellison