At some point, all communicators will have a discussion with someone else about punctuation. Whether it is the individual who insists on using exclamation points throughout their email or the Oxford comma fanatic who doesn’t want to recognize a publication’s use of AP Style, writers and editors dread punctuation confrontations.
If your association has established general writing, external submission and social media writing guidelines, you have the foundation to explain why your publication, posting or online communication uses or doesn’t use specific punctuation.
If however, you want to add to your arsenal of punctuation knowledge check out “The Best Writing About Punctuation. Full Stop.” This compilation of 13 articles covers interesting, geeky information for all writers including:
- An extensive history of punctuation.
- When and how to use hyphens.
- The rebellious semicolon.
- The divisive em dash.
- The story of a costly missing comma.
Because punctuation conversations can be stressful, check out “Seven Bar Jokes Involving Grammar and Punctuation” that can add a bit of levity to the situation. For example: Three intransitive verbs walk into a bar. They sit. They drink. They leave.