Drumroll...Sparklers...March Out The Band:
it's National Punctuation Day! Now is your
chance to honor the ellipsis, the semi-colon,
and the nearly-extinct hyphen. And just last
night at dinner, when P. and I weren't even
aware of that we were on the eve of this great
national holiday, we had a lengthy discussion
(actually, more of a debate) of -- yes -- hyphens!
Adjectival phrases! Adverbial phrases!
I stand staunchly in the pro-hyphen camp,
while P. is more middle-of-the-road, hyphen-wise.
(Not pro hyphen or middle of the road.) (Ahem.)
When I pointed out that we were Punctuation Nerds,
he quickly excluded himself from that group,
stating that, of the two of us, I was the only
card-carrying member of the above-mentioned group.
And I'm damn proud of it! Save the hyphens!
(P. suggested our president change his name
in honor of today to Barack O'Comma.)