Posted by: Kath Usitalo | September 24, 2010

Celebrate Punctuation: Eat, Meat, Loaf

Holy cow! Do you see a punctuation mark? Bovine detail, Country Dairy

September 24 is National Punctuation Day, “A celebration of the lowly comma, correctly used quotation marks, and other proper uses of periods, semicolons, and the ever-mysterious ellipsis.”

Judging by their entry on the National Punctuation Day website, this holiday is a big event at Auburn Elementary in Michigan.

Michigan students celebrate National Punctuation Day (NPD photo)

Auburn student’s performed a Punctuation Rap, played Punctuation Football, and dressed classmate’s up as popular punctuation mark’s for the rousing Sentence Game’s.

National Punctuation Day was founded 7 years ago by Jeff Rubin (a.k.a. Punctuation Man), a professional speaker and publisher of newsletter’s who indubitably know’s his way around the colon. He and his wife Norma, Mrs. Punctuation, present their Punctuation Playtime program to schoolchildren across the land.

Perhaps if we’d learned the Punctuation Rap when I was in school I wouldn’t be fighting my current addiction to the ellipsi’s.

On the other hand, it seems that despite the best effort’s of Punctuation Man and Mrs. Punctuation, we as a society are suffering from apostrophe abuse at epidemic proportion’s.

But hey, lets put aside the problem’s and focus on celebrating National Punctuation Day with a recipe for Punctuation Meat Loaf, courtesy of a Great Laker from Ohio!

Toss that traditional hyphen-shaped meat loaf pan and form the comfort food in the shape of a semicolon, or an exclamation point, or a comma, or…



  1. I had had no idea of this most excellent day until yesterday – I heard Mr. Rubin on NPR and that it was the coolest thing! I’m going to try to remember to celebrate it next year – misspellings and punctuation mistakes kind of make me nuts, too…. 🙂 though I probably commit my fair share!

  2. Seems there’s a day celebrating just about anything and everything, isn’t there/their/they’re? 😉

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