Punctuation: Yep, it's got its own holiday

Story highlights

  • A former newspaper reporter created the day
  • He says it's to help educators

A version of this story was first published in 2010

(CNN)Appreciate the apostrophe, salute the semicolon and exalt the exclamation point today. It's National Punctuation Day!

The holiday started when Jeff Rubin, a former reporter, grew increasingly frustrated as he spotted errors in the newspaper.
"I would sit at the kitchen table with my red Sharpie ... screaming obscenities, which would upset my wife," Rubin told CNN. "She encouraged me to find another outlet for my aggravation."
    In 2004, he secured a listing for the day in the "Chase's Calendar of Events" reference book, and National Punctuation Day was born.
    "The first two years it was on August 22, because that's my birthday," Rubin said. "I figured if you're going to start a holiday, you should have it on a day you can remember."
    But he moved the festivities to September 24 in 2006, placing it squarely in the school year and