In honor of this special day, I would like to present each punctuation mark with an award to show how much I appreciate them for what they do for our sentences:
To the comma, I am honored to present the illustrious Betty White Award.
Like Betty White, the comma is everywhere. You can nary turn on the TV without seeing Betty White, nor can you read a paragraph without seeing a comma. Although its range is impressive, the comma is most commonly known for separating items in a series, following introductory phrases, and setting off extra information.
The period gets the Fat Lady Sings Award.
When you see the period, my friends, that sentence is over.
Semi-colon, you get the Superman award.
The semi-colon is strong enough to hold together two complete sentences. That’s one thing you cannot say about a comma.
The dash receives one of my personal favorites: the Shot of Tequila Award.
Both add a little pizzazz to the occasion.
The exclamation point receives the notorious Tila Tequila Award.
Tila Tequila faked a pregnancy!
Tila Tequila tweeted that Rhianna has herpes!
Tila Tequila called the police on Nikky Hilton!
The question mark receives the '80s Appreciation Award.
The '80s wouldn't have been the '80s without this famous question:
Whatchoo talkin' 'bout, Willis?
Colon, you receive the Drum Roll Award.
When we see you, we know you are making some sort of announcement.
The apostrophe wins the Wedding Ring Award.
It shows possession.
The hyphen wins The Cupid Award.
Like Cupid’s arrow does to people, the hyphen brings two words together as one. Aaaaaah!
Parenthesis receive the Post Script Award.
The information provided within is not essential to the meaning of the sentence, but it's nice to know.
The ellipsis and brackets worked hard together this year to receive the The Yin Yang award.
The ellipsis taketh away words in a quote; the brackets giveth. Together they achieve perfect harmony.
The quotation marks win the highly coveted That’s What She Said Award.
Thank you once again, Punctuation Marks, for the great work you have done this year. In return, I will do my best to make sure my students stop neglecting and abusing you. If I can do that, I should receive the Miracle Worker Award.