Think an ellipsis is when the moon moves in front of the sun? Celebrate National Punctuation Day on August 22

New national holiday — National Punctuation Day — celebrates the lowly comma, correctly used quotes, and other proper uses of periods, semicolons and the ever mysterious ellipsis. It's a day for librarians, educators, and parents – people who are interested in teaching and promoting good writing skills to their students and their children. It's also a day to remind business people that they are often judged by how they present themselves — and proper punctuation is an important part of good writing skills.

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(PRWEB) August 7, 2004

Ushering in the new school year is National Punctuation Day on August 22, a holiday listed in Chase’s Calendar of Events as a celebration of the lowly comma, correctly used quotes, and other proper uses of periods, semicolons and the ever mysterious ellipsis.

Jeff Rubin, owner/publisher of Put it in Writing, a newsletter publishing company based in Pinole, CA, founded National Punctuation Day to draw attention to the importance of proper punctuation. It's a day for librarians, educators, and parents – people who are interested in teaching and promoting good writing skills to their students and their children. It's also a day to remind business people that they are often judged by how they present themselves.

“Successful people have good communication skills, and that includes knowing how to write properly,” Jeff says. “Punctuation counts. A misplaced comma can alter the meaning of a message.”

It’s not just school children that need to learn the do’s and don’ts of punctuation. “I’m stunned at how many executives and CEOs send me articles and correspondences that are poorly written and punctuated,” Jeff says. “Did they miss a year of school? I read ad copy and see billboards that scream to be corrected. Poor punctuation knows no sociological boundaries – everyone from high school dropouts to Ph.D.’s need help with punctuation.”

Jeff can speak eloquently (though it may come off as good natured ranting) about punctuation and its importance in written language. He can opine about the state of the written language today, enlighten with tips for proper punctuation, and entertain readers and listeners with painfully real examples of punctuation abuse that he’s collected during more than 20 years of newsletter publishing and 10 years as a newspaper reporter.

Jeff’s knowledge of language is wide-ranging, and his manner of delivery is refreshingly direct – with a strong dose of humor. Jeff can be reached at (877) 588-1212, or by e-mail at jeff@put-it-in-writing.com. Visit Jeff’s National Punctuation Day website (as of August 13) at http://www.nationalpunctuationday.com.

Jeff Rubin owns Put It In Writing, a newsletter publishing firm based in Pinole, CA (http://www.put-it-in-writing.com). He's written and designed more than 1,400 company newsletters since starting his business in 1981. Jeff is a member of the National Speakers Association and speaks frequently on writing, marketing, and integrity.

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