Today is National Punctuation Day, and since punctuation is PR’s middle name – Hello, my name is… Public Punctuation Relations – the Franco team decided it would only be right to give our two cents.
So, after a bit of research on how to celebrate National Punctuation day we came up with three questions to impart on our fellow Franconians:
- What are your punctuation pet peeves?
- What’s your favorite punctuation and why?
- What are the most-common punctuation mistakes you see on a daily basis?
What are your punctuation pet peeves?
“My biggest pet peeve is when people don’t know the difference between there, they’re and their!”
“The usual…there, their and they’re; you, your and you’re; two, to and too. I can’t take it when people don’t know how to use apostrophes.”
“When people constantly use the Oxford comma. Just got done editing some web content and had to take out like a million of them… Unnecessary!”
“I really dislike the Oxford comma. I think extra commas are silly, outdated and unnecessary.”
What’s your favorite punctuation and why?
“The em dash – one of my personal favorite punctuation marks – is a great way to draw attention to an aside in your sentence. (If you’re trying to make the information you’re inserting less disruptive to the flow of your narrative, parentheses work better.)”
“Commas – they help break up a sentence. There’s nothing worse than a run-on sentence.”
“When it comes to social, the em dash reigns supreme. It can add pause and drama to your copy – ultimately making it more effective. It also doesn’t hurt that it only takes up one character!”
What are the most-common punctuation mistakes you see on a daily basis?
“Grammar typos because people rely solely on spellcheck instead of reading.”
Joe Ferlito, Account Manager
“On Twitter, too many people sacrifice punctuation on the altar of 140 characters. However, missing punctuation can change the meaning of a sentence where simply abbreviating a word would not.”
John Mozena, APR, Account Manager
Chime in with your punctuation hang-ups, faux pas and most common fails in the comments section.