Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Speaking of Punctuation…

Well, after reading Alfie the Apostrophe, I was in the mood for more punctuation. So I was glad Erika Dreifus sent me this article.

And further speaking of punctuation, what punctuation mark are you? I’m a colon! Take this
silly quiz to find out.

Here’s what the quiz says about me and all the other colons out there:

You Are a Colon

You are very orderly and fact driven.

You aren't concerned much with theories or dreams... only what's true or untrue.

You are brilliant and incredibly learned. Anything you know is well researched.

You like to make lists and sort through things step by step. You aren't subject to whim or emotions.

Your friends see you as a constant source of knowledge and advice.

(But they are a little sick of you being right all of the time!)

You excel in: Leadership positions

You get along best with: The Semi-Colon


Bertie said...

Hello BJ, although you are not a dream person, probably you will enjoy Abecedarian's blog: http://www.oneletterwords.com/weblog/?c=Semicolon

Giorgio said...

I think punctuation is one of the most difficult parts in learning a language.

B.J. Epstein said...

Thank you for your comments. I agree that punctuation is hard, but it is more or less the same across many languages (except for more specialized forms of punctuation). And Bertie, thank you for the link!

Best wishes,

moira rose donohue said...

Dear BJ,
Thanks so much for mentioning my book, Alfie the Apostrophe, on your blog. As a former legislative lawyer, I truly appreciate the importance of punctuation. And as someone who texts, at least occasionally, I know that punctuation is still critical, perhaps even more so, in this time of abbreviated communication.
BTW, I have another punctuation book that came out this spring - check out Penny and the Punctuation Bee.

B.J. Epstein said...

Thank you for your comment, Moira! How great that you found the blog. I am very behind the times and don't own a mobile phone and have never sent a text, but I have read some articles that discuss how poorly people use language and punctuation in texting. And I certainly see examples of bad punctuation usage in plenty of emails.
Thank you for mentioning your new book, which I will definitely have to look into.
By the way, how have children received your work? Have you had any chance to go into schools and talk to kids and find out what they learn about punctuation and what they think of your books? That would be interesting to know!

Best wishes,