Monday, 24 September 2012

It’s National Punctuation Day

I was going to leave out the apostrophe before that ‘s’ to see how many of you spotted it, but thought better of it! Strictly speaking, this is an American affair as National Punctuation Day was created in the USA, but we thought we’d take the opportunity to promote some of the library’s resources to help you with your semi-colons and ellipses.

Everyone’s favourite guide to proper punctuation, Lynne Truss’ Eats, shoots and leaves, is available at shelf mark 421.1 TRU in Griffith Library and Townhill Library. Borrow a copy and learn how to wield a comma with confidence! And that’s not all; search the library catalogue with the keyword punctuation and you’ll see we have lots of books that can help you to punctuate correctly. Perhaps it’s worth flicking through a few before embarking on your first assignment of the year!

If you’d like to find out more about National Punctuation Day, there’s a website which includes explanations of when to use particular punctuation marks, photos of punctuation gaffes and suggestions for how you might celebrate the day.

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