Are you a punctuation geek? I am a proud punctuation geek, and to be clear, it has nothing with correcting others’ punctuation. For me, being a punctuation geek means making sure I have proper punctuation whenever possible. Of course, I am human like everyone else, but I do like to set a good example.
However, being a punctuation geek is so much more than having proper punctuation or even fighting over the Oxford comma. (For the record, I am pro-Oxford comma!) Being a punctuation geek is all about expressing oneself with punctuation; punctuation is life! Without punctuation – in my opinion – writing is boring and flavorless.
Punctuation is a tricky business, much trickier than just knowing the grammar. We all can avoid a comma splice with proper editing. What’s harder for me is figuring out punctuation that keeps my writing interesting and easy to read without going overboard. I do feel a little goes a long way when it comes to punctuation, and I know I use too much! I’m like a kid in a candy store when it comes to exclamation points, dashes, colons, and semicolons.
I know that for myself, I tend to get into punctuation grooves. (Or punctuation ruts – it depends on how you look at it.) One week I’m all about semicolons, and the next week I’m all about exclamation points. If you go back on the posts in this blog you’ll notice that I get on certain punctuation kicks. What about you? Is there punctuation that you lean on? Take my quiz: What Does Your Favorite Punctuation Mark Say About You?
Give What Does Your Favorite Punctuation Mark Say About You? a try, and let me know what you get. Does your result match your personality well? Which punctuation do you find yourself using a lot these days?