Mark you’re calendars

050207_punctuateSeptember 24 is “National Punctuation Day“.

Unfortunately we don’t have this special day in Canada, it’s just in the States.  But I think we need one because, tragically, the NPD website uses our own Rogers Communication as an example of the mayhem that ensues when good punctuation goes bad.

It could be the most costly piece of punctuation in Canada.

A grammatical blunder may force Rogers Communications Inc. to pay an extra $2.13-million to use utility poles in the Maritimes after the placement of a comma in a contract permitted the deal’s cancellation.

This sounds like as good an election issue as any.  Call your MP and demand that we join the battle against the Scourge of Bad Punctuation; “now”!!!

12 Responses to “Mark you’re calendars”


  1. 2 deBeauxOs Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 11:43 am

    Just guess who will be actually for those $2.3 millions. (Hint: not Rogers’ shareholders.)

  2. 3 deBeauxOs Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 11:44 am

    Just guess who will actually be paying for those $2.3 millions. (Hint: not Rogers’ shareholders.)

  3. 4 deBeauxOs Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 11:45 am

    Strange. Comments cannot be edited/corrected after being posted?

  4. 5 Skinny Dipper Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 11:46 am

    Those damn commanists are still trying to take over the world.

  5. 6 hemmingforddogblog Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    If you get a chance, read Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation.

    The title comes from here:
    A panda walks into a café. He orders a sandwich, eats it, then draws a gun and proceeds to fire it at the other patrons.

    ‘Why?’ asks the confused, surviving waiter amidst the carnage, as the panda makes towards the exit. The panda produces a badly punctuated wildlife manual and tosses it over his shoulder.

    ‘Well, I’m a panda’, he says, at the door. ‘Look it up.’

    The waiter turns to the relevant entry in the manual and, sure enough, finds an explanation. ‘Panda. Large black-and-white bear-like mammal, native to China. Eats, shoots and leaves.’

  6. 7 JJ Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    Mike – That’s Punctuation Abuse!

  7. 8 JJ Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    deBeauxOs – If they make stupid punctuation mistakes, I say Let Them Fail!

  8. 9 JJ Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    SkinnyDipper – It’s a Commanazi uprising

  9. 10 JJ Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    SQ – I’ve got Eats Shoots and Leaves, it’s great.

    I’ve always been a bit of a grammar, spelling and punctuation nazi myself, and it causes me great sorrow to see the abuse of the English language that the internet has wrought. It was years before I’d use acronyms, stubbornly substituting “HAHAHAHA!” for “LOL”, but now even I’ve succumbed to illiteracy and emoticons, dropping the occasional apostrophe and sometimes even ending a full sentence without a period

    If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.

  10. 11 Cornelius T.Zen Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 7:21 am

    Good morrow, all!
    Actually, JJ, it should read, “If you can’t beat ’em, arrange to have them beaten.” – George Carlin
    St Peter: Carlin’s on stage tonight.
    Gabriel: HOLY SHIT!
    Jesus: Are there still tickets available?
    God: Fuck it. It’s free. What are you guys waiting for?
    If Carlin ain’t playin’, I ain’t goin’ — CTZen

  11. 12 JJ Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 10:04 am

    Good morrow, CTZen.

    “If you can’t beat ’em arrange to have them beaten” 😆 😆


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