Monday, September 27, 2010

Puctuat* (for Punctuat*)

Last Friday was National Punctuation Day. In case you missed it or were uncertain about how to celebrate, you can find some useful tips here. (Norwegian prune pudding and peppermint tea, anyone?) Speaking of punctuation and how much fun it can be, I also had the pleasure this year of meeting the puckish punctuation maven Jennifer Dziura at the first annual Empire State Book Festival. I even got called up on stage to assist in her highly entertaining program: ¡The Punctuation Show! (How to Use Tiny Symbols to Make Meaning Without %$^&#* Up), which was advertised as follows: "Calling all sesquipedalians. Do you find the interrobang compelling? Then don’t miss the world premiere of this one-woman punctuation show with Jennifer Dziura, New York’s most grammatically correct comedian." We found five cases of today's typo in OhioLINK this morning, and 29 in WorldCat, so be sure to check your own catalogs as well. On your (punctuation) mark, get set, go!

(Demonstration of the use of "air quotes," from Wikimedia Commons. Click pic to animate.)

Carol Reid

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