National Punctuation Day; or Gratuitous Steve McQueen Pic

In honor of National Punctuation Day, a day revered by comma geeks everywhere, I hereby give formal thanks herewith, in perpetuity, without exception, to the heretofore unjustly ignored stylistic convention, long forgotten and usually misunderstood, and not to be confused by the subtitle, which in itself is of great worthiness to nonfiction writers, as it allows, when following a title, to create a heading such as this, ¬†of “TITLE COLON SubTITLE,” and which, when used by nonfiction writers, allows one to create, proclaim, and otherwise give a pithy and exceptional title that does not need to be immediately understood, but that, when combined with said explanatory subtitle, can be, toot sweet, understood. Oh crap. Where was I?

Hold on–need a quick Steve McQueen break:

Thanks. That was from The Moviegoer: A Western Lover’s Blog, btw.

Okay, back to business. I want, nay need to proclaim the happy existence of the so-called “double title,” once in common usage, as in

Seth Jones; or, The Captives of the Frontier

Deadwood Dick, The Prince of the Road; or, The Black Rider of the Black Hills

and which I am singlehandedly wrangling into the twenty-first century in

Cowboylands: From the Land of the Cowboys to You; or, The Modern Buckaroo’s Guide to the World

Thank you. Without the esoteric colon, the hard-working and much-aligned comma, and the enigmatic semicolon, this blog would not be possible.

4 comments to National Punctuation Day; or Gratuitous Steve McQueen Pic

  • flapjack42

    Thank you for: The gratuitous Steve McQueen hunk shot, which MAde me speculate as to the size and quality of his pistol firing; and also, thank you for WAAY too much information about the varied sex life of punctuation marks…

  • bucko

    You’re welcome. I don’t know what size McQueen carried, but I’m sure it shot straight. Also, as far as punctuation marks’ sex lives, I’m not a proponent of abstinence. Nor for rampant proliferation. Education. That’s the way to go.

  • bucko

    Let our freak flags fly, Alana!

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