10 Websites and Blogs of Punctuation Protectors

By Mark Nichol

In honor of National Punctuation Day, commemorated on September 24 (you didn’t forget, did you?), here’s a directory of Web sites documenting, usually with photographs, egregious punctuation errors.

First, by the way, note that the founder of National Punctuation Day, a freelance business-newsletter writer named Jeff Rubin, sponsors a Punctuation Paragraph Contest. The only rule is that you must write one paragraph, maximum of three sentences, using these punctuation marks: apostrophe, brackets, colon, comma, dash, ellipsis, exclamation point, hyphen, parentheses, period, question mark, quotation mark, and semicolon. (You may use a punctuation mark more than once.) Send your entry to the email address at Rubin’s Web site by September 30, 2011.

1. Apostrophe Abuse
Tagline: Links and visuals illustrating an orthographic pet peeve.

2. Apostrophe Catastrophes
Tagline: The Worlds’ Worst. Punctuation;

3. The Apostrophe Protection Society
Tagline: Examples of misuse of the apostrophe as seen by you!

4. The “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks
Tagline: none

5. English Fail Blog
Tagline: Public Butcherings of the English Language

6. The Gallery Of “Misused” Quotation Marks
Tagline: none

7. GrammarBlog
Tagline: Mocking poor grammar since 2007

8. The Grammar Vandal
Tagline: Taking it to the streets and correcting America, one comma at a time.

9. The Great Typo Hunt
Tagline: none

10. Wordsplosion
Tagline: Showcasing the best of the worst of the wide world of words

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3 Responses to “10 Websites and Blogs of Punctuation Protectors”

  • thebluebird11

    Wow!! Is there NOTHING you can’t find on the Internet? This post was great. The first thing I did was go Apostrophe Catastrophes; they invite people to submit photos of apostrophe errors. So the NEXT thing I did was take a photo of a Hooters shirt I have; the shirt is from the Pembroke Pines (FL) restaurant, and on it is printed “Pine’s Rocks” (instead of “Pines Rocks”). Sent that photo over right quick!

    Was sorry I never did take a photo of a bench ad (also in Pembroke Pines) advertising a store called “Sofa’s Etc.” I always wanted to know what sort of “et ceteras” a sofa might have…

    Looking forward to exploring the other websites when I’m not working and have more time…thanks for sharing!

  • Carole Raschella

    These are GREAT!!! What fun. I’ll be entertained for hours…days! Thanks for letting us know about them.

  • Paul M

    Nearly peed myself laughing at some of these haha.

    Now I hope nothing I’ve ever done will end up on there.

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