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NATIONAL MUSEUM DAY

I had originally posted that National Museum Day was September 25th. After further research, I discovered that it was actually the 24th. Don’t worry, I straightened this out with the website writer who publishes all these holidays. Apparently this happens every so often. So, I decided to celebrate Museum Day on the correct day and move Innergize Day to the 25th. I wanted to take advantage of the FREE museum admission today:

Roman, my mom and I went downtown to the Detroit Science Center. My mom had found out that they were actually shutting down on Monday for 3 weeks due to lack of funds. This was a disheartening fact. I hope that it is still open when Roman is older and can truly enjoy all they have to offer. He still had a pretty good time though. Here they are in the dinosaur exhibit, RAWR!!

Roman is electrifying!!!

Funny face in the trick mirror:

We had a great time and I hope we get an opportunity to go back in the years to come. Support your museums!!!

Total Cost to Celebrate: $10 – we opted to pay the extra $5 each for the dino display.

 

PUNCTUATION DAY

What?!?!?! Punctuation Day?!?!? I found this article on Copyblogger that I found to be pretty interesting: http://www.copyblogger.com/punctuation-mistakes/

1. Apostrophe for Plurals

This mistake is particularly common among foreigners who are learning English as a second language. After all, you would expect native English speakers to know how to form plurals (right?). The apostrophe is used to form contractions (e.g., It’s time to go) and to indicate possession (e.g., Mary’s car is blue), but never to form plurals.

Wrong: The boy’s will go to the school tomorrow.

Right: The boys will go to the school tomorrow.

2. The Comma Splice

When the comma is used to separate independent clauses, there must be a conjunction connecting them. If the conjunction is not there, we have a comma splice. You can fix this mistake by using a period instead of the comma, or by adding a coordinating conjunction.

Wrong: The car costs $10000, I am going to buy it.

Right. The car costs $10000. I am going to buy it.

Right: The car costs $10000, and I am going to buy it.

3. Quotation Marks for Emphasis

Quotation marks are mainly used to quote speech, sentences or words. They can also be used to denote irony. They can’t be used, however, to add emphasis to a word or sentence. It is not rare to find advertisements or promotional flyers carrying this error. If you want to add emphasis to a word, use the boldface type and not the quotation marks.

Wrong: This gift is “free”!

Right: This gift is free!

4. Multiple Punctuation Marks

Unless you want to sound like an overly emotional teenager writing on MySpace, you should limit yourself to one exclamation point, regardless of how excited you might be when writing that sentence. The same applies to question marks and to the ellipsis (which should have only three dots). Also, keep in mind that exclamation points are not used that frequently in business and formal writing. If your text is loaded with them, you probably should review it.

Wrong: This is amazing!!!!

Wrong: The man was silent……

Right: This is amazing!

Right: The man was silent…

5. Punctuation Outside the Quotation Marks

If you are writing in American English, other punctuation should go inside the quotation marks, even if it is not part of the quotation itself. British English, on the other hand, places punctuation that is not part of the quoted sentence outside of the quotation marks.

Wrong in American English: Uncle John said, “My car is blue”.

Right in American English: Uncle John said, “My car is blue.”

6. The Missing Comma After Introductory Elements

Sometimes you want to give an introduction or provide a background to a certain sentence. That is fine, but do not forget to place a comma after that introductory element. Notice that an introductory element can be a sentence (like in the example below) or a single word (e.g., however, moreover and so on).

Wrong: Before going to the school Joe stopped at my house.

Right: Before going to the school, Joe stopped at my house.

Well, I learned a thing or two today. I break Rule #4 quite frequently. Guess what??? I’m not going to stop!!!! In honor of today’s holiday I also presented Sara, the Punctuation Princess, with this awesome book:

What’s that you say? What are we wearing? I don’t understand, I think we look perfectly normal…..

Total Cost to Celebrate: $11

Clip of the Day:

LL Cool J raps about punctuation…coolness:

P.S. – !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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