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Saturday, October 26, 2019

National Punctuation Day contest

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It’s hard to believe it’s been 16 years since NPD was founded, and still people don’t know how to use punctuation properly. Facebook and other social-media platforms are not helping.

Nevertheless, on we plod.

THE CONTEST: What punctuation error annoys you the most?

THE RULES: Find an online meme that illustrates the one punctuation error that sets you off, that makes you scream, that gets you into correction mode. E-mail that meme to NPD headquarters along with no more than 250 of your most clever, brilliant, dazzling words to make your case why this particular punctuation error not only drives you nuts, but also has occasionally transformed you into the punctuation police

Mine is the incorrectly used apostrophe. When are people going to learn that IT’S NOT POSSESSIVE! Arrgh! This drives me CRAZY!

The deadline for entries is October 31. 

Winners will receive the usual assortment of branded National Punctuation Day gifts including a commemorative pen, ruler, question mark-shaped stress toy, and bookmarks. And, possibly something else if the entry is impossibly clever, brilliant, and dazzling.


1. Send your submission to

2. In the e-mail subject header write: NPD ESSAY CONTEST.

3. Include your name, address, and phone number. Include your school and grade if you’re a student.

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