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True Confessions on National Punctuation Day

Hey, y’all. Hope you’re having a fine Monday.

Did you know it’s National Punctuation Day? It’s an exciting day for this grammar blogger, one that makes my mind race with possible topics. I have plenty of punctuation peeves, tips, and advice in mind, but on this NPD, I’m gonna make a confession: Sometimes I make a big deal out of small things.

It’s true. There are certain quirky grammar and punctuation issues—many are very archaic—that drive me nuts. I’m talking about tiny little matters that very few folks would ever notice. And yet, there I go, grumbling and tossing down the offending paper or magazine or brochure in disgust. I have a problem, y’all.

Today, I’m going to share one such issue. It’s a problem that I believe began with the invention of autocorrect . . . So what is it? It’s when folks use a single open quotation mark when they ought to be using an apostrophe. It’s true; I’m that insane.

An open letter from TGB to Microsoft

I’m so crazy that when Word “autocorrects” me on this (“autoscrewsup” is more like it), I go and copy an apostrophe and paste it over the offending quotation mark. Try typing in “rock ’n’ roll.” Word makes the “n” look like it has devil horns. And that ain’t right.

To make sure you’ll still love me after this little revelation—and because it’s already been that kind of day—I’m sharing with you a favorite adult beverage recipe! Enjoy.

Boston ’N’ Austin

My drink recipes are not very inventive. But they are tasty. And I am beginning to see that I drink a lot more vodka than I realized. I promise to branch out to gin and tequila and the rest very soon.

Gather the TGB beverage essentials.

Ingredients:
Tito’s Handmade Vodka*
Ocean Spray 100% Juice Cranberry & Pomegranate Blend
Lime (of course)

Directions:
By now, you know the drill: grab your cup, fill with ice, add the liquid refreshment to your liking, and squeeze in some lime juice.

*Tito’s is made in lovely Austin, TX.
Did you know that more cranberries are grown in Massachusetts than in any other state?

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6 comments on “True Confessions on National Punctuation Day

  1. fransiweinstein
    September 24, 2012

    I HATE auto correct. It gives me a rash. Drink sounds good. Don’t rush to branch out into gin on my account 🙂

    • The Grammar Belle
      September 24, 2012

      I hate it too! I do as much yelling at my computer screen as I do my TV screen. Maybe I should drink more to mellow out! 😉 Thanks for stopping by, Fransi. I’ve been reading you every day. I’m in awe of the fact that you are writing so prolifically and so well!

      • fransiweinstein
        September 27, 2012

        Thanks so much. I read all your posts as well. I find the community aspect of blogging so interesting.

      • fransiweinstein
        September 27, 2012

        Thanks so much. I read all your posts as well. I find the blogging community so interesting.

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