Mighty Red Pen

September 23, 2009

Hap.py Nat’l Punctuation Day!?!

Filed under: Perilous punctuation — mighty red pen @ 7:03 pm
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Don’t forget: September 24 is National Punctuation Day!

In observance of the day, please share: What is your favorite or least favorite (or both) punctuation mark and why?

MRP favors both the em dash and the ellipsis for giving me the ability to write really rambly and conversational sentences.

My least favorite must be the en dash, which I usually must rely on the excellent copy editors around me to know what to do with. Alternatively, the misplaced apostrophe can generally and reliably drive me nuts.



  1. My favorite is the semicolon; My least favorite is the multiple exclamation point!!!

    Comment by Christopher — September 23, 2009 @ 9:16 pm | Reply

  2. Hate semicolons because they’re pointless.

    Comment by thekrg — September 23, 2009 @ 11:25 pm | Reply

  3. Thanks for the heads up about (Inter)National Punctuation Day, which I’m importing to Australia. I’m a big fan of the semi-colon, for complex sentences, and the em dash, like you, for conversational ones. And since the misplaced apostrophe provoked my grumpy FB update, I’m going with that as the misused punctuation that most irritates me. Gratuitous use of the exclamation point is also on my list–not the good one.

    Comment by Nancy — September 24, 2009 @ 12:27 am | Reply

  4. Also, please note that my carefully chosen em dash has been turned into an en dash in my other comment: another pet (technical) peeve.

    Comment by Nancy — September 24, 2009 @ 12:33 am | Reply

  5. As a programmer and a fan of digressing statements, I’m (usually) fond of parentheses. Semicolons are good, too; regular colons: not so much.

    Comment by tk. — September 24, 2009 @ 10:30 am | Reply

  6. It’s all about the semicolon.

    Comment by Miriam — September 25, 2009 @ 9:05 am | Reply

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