Total Ellipse of the Heart…

Do you have a soft spot in your heart for the semicolon? Do you harbor passionate feelings about the proper place for em-dashes, en-dashes, and hyphens? Have you ever taken a stand, on one side or the other, in the serial-comma debate?

Then welcome, friends: it seems that you are, like us, punctuation lovers. You, too, likely know the frustration of seeing a hyphen where no hyphen rightly belongs; you, too, likely know the special sting of an exclamation mark misplaced.

But: not today! Because today, friends, is National Punctuation Day—the holiday just slightly more chic than Arbor Day (but still significantly less so than Talk Like a Pirate Day)—the holiday when punctuation lovers like ourselves can come together, connect our clauses, and let our geek flags fly.

Enjoy it, everyone! And celebrate the day! Because, tomorrow, the world will again become a place where all the bad punctuation is enough to make us…sic.

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Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.