By: Rita Ray | April 23, 2019

White teddy bear reading. Quote from Ms Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO which says, A window onto our inner lives, books are also the doorway to mutual respect and understanding between people, across all boundaries and differences.

World Book Day, also known as International Day of the Book and World Book and Copyright Day, is celebrated annually on April 23. In 1995, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) created World Book Day to encourage “everyone, and in particular young people, to discover the pleasure of reading and gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity.


April 23 is a particularly significant date in literature. Authors of note have either been born or have died on this date. In fact, in 1616, Cervantes, Shakespeare, and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died on this date.


To learn more, visit the United Nations page about World Book ...

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By: Rita Ray | March 04, 2018

Just a quick post to wish everybody happy National Grammar Day!


National Grammar Day was established back in 2008 by Martha Brockenbrough, founder of the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar (SPOGG) and author of Things That Make Us [Sic]. It has been celebrated annually on March 4. The day was even commemorated in its inaugural year by the president.


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By: Rita Ray | November 23, 2017

Ever get caught up in how to spell or punctuate the name of a holiday? The Chicago Manual of Style lists the following secular and religious holidays, officially designated days, and seasons:

  • All Fools’ Day
  • Christmas Day
  • Earth Day
  • Election Day
  • Father’s Day
  • the Fourth of July, the Fourth
  • Good Friday
  • Halloween
  • Hanukkah
  • Holy Week
  • Inauguration Day
  • Independence Day
  • Kwanzaa
  • Labor Day
  • Lent
  • Lincoln’s Birthday
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Mother’s Day
  • National Poetry Month
  • New Year’s Day
  • New Year’s Eve
  • Passover
  • Presidents’ Day
  • Ramadan
  • Remembrance Day (Canada)
  • Rosh Hashanah
  • Saint Patrick’s Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Yom Kippur
  • Yuletide

but

  • D-day
  • a bank holiday

You can find this list in the the 17th edition in section 8.89.


Best Wishes,

Rita Ray

By: Rita Ray | September 24, 2017

National Punctuation Day  


Today is National Punctuation Day! This new holiday was originally celebrated on August 22, the birthday of the founder Jeff Rubin. Rubin wanted a date that he could easily remember, but he changed the date two years later to September 24 so that it landed after the beginning of the school year. He wanted to remind educators to teach students that punctuation matters.


Rubin, a former reporter, would get frustrated at errors he would spot in news articles. He said, "I would sit at the kitchen table with my red Sharpie ... screaming obscenities, which would upset my wife. She encouraged me to find another outlet for my aggravation." (Source: CNN) As a result, in 2004 he secured a listing for National Punctuation Day in the...

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