That’s this Wednesday, September 24th. It’s a reminder that punctuation, along with grammar and spelling, is still important in the English language.
How important? So important that if I receive a resume from a prospective employee and that resume has punctuation, grammar or spelling errors, then I will be highly reluctant to consider the resume further. If the individual cannot care to produce a quality resume, why would I believe that the same person would produce quality work under my employ? To all prospective employees: I know many other employers who profess the same sentiments.
Although I’ll always forgive the occasional error – we all make them – one that always makes me cringe is the abuse of the word it’s, which only means it is and nothing else. NOTHING ELSE. It is never a possessive; If I wrote something about my computer and it’s propensity to crash, I would be cursing myself later for that ridiculous out-of-place apostrophe. It’s its, not it’s. We learned this in 5th grade. Many of us need to learn it again.
Anyway, use the recognition of National Punctuation Day as a reminder to be consciously aware of the common uses of all those little markings that help us make sense of your otherwise run-on and incomplete sentences. Thanks!