National Punctuation Day — better late than never

My general state of behinditude continues apace, so here are some belated National Punctuation Day tidbits:

From The New Yorker, a Page Turner post from the always-delightful Mary Norris: “My own candidate for Punctuation Mark of the Year would be the much-maligned apostrophe.”

Which brings us to Keith Houston’s new book, Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols & Other Typographical Marksas well as a contributor of his own Page Turner post, on the octothorpe, the pilcrow, the ampersand, and more (do not even suggest to me that you can resist clicking through to this post. I mean, my god, the pilcrow! The octothorpe! The diple, people!

Which further brings us to Houston’s three part (!) (I’m having palpitations) piece on the Lexicon Valley blog on Slate, “The Rise and Fall of the Pilcrow” (Part 1) and (Part 2) and “The Mysterious Manicule” (Part 3)


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