Tomorrow is National Punctuation Day. For the organizers of this day, it is an opportunity to ritually revisit Strunk & White, write notes in a leisurely well-punctuated fashion, and correct all those signs store owners mispunctuate and brazenly hang in their windows. (ex. Customers “ONLY” can use our dryers).
This is also a chance to take up pet punctuation peeves. I will be encouraging people to resume use of the serial comma. Others may take up the cudgels against the semi-colon, that mark despised by Kurt Vonnegut, who warned anyone against using them: “they are transvestite herm-aphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you’ve been to college.”