I receive frequent compositions and emails from a couple of people who seem not to know how to end a sentence, so they don't — they just keep writing and writing until they get to a point where they figure the paragraph should end … these are not uneducated people, they're people with advanced college degrees, and they also have other frequent punctuation and grammar issues … like using the wrong "their," "there" or "they're" or treating the apostrophe like its subjective as to where you put it or whether you use it all; or not knowing the difference between a comma; and a semicolon, eventually after writing a long paragraph they realize they should probably use a period so they stick one in, and I exhale loudly and say a little prayer to the Almighty for helping me get through it.
It is for these people, and thousands like them, that National Punctuation Day was created. Today is the Big Day. Earlier this month, I asked readers of my column and blog to give me examples of their punctuation pet peeves, and I received an in-box full of them.
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Greg Sellnow writes Tuesdays and Saturdays in the print edition. He also writes a blog, Sellnow's Journal, (yes, he's just one guy) at PostBulletin.com.