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
5. English Fail Blog
Tagline: Public Butcherings of the English Language
6. The Gallery Of “Misused” Quotation Marks
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: Showcasing the best of the worst of the wide world of words