There are two types of people in the world: those who use paper calendars and those who use the calendars on their electronic devices.
I'm firmly in the first camp. Sure, it's convenient to have all of your meetings and to-do lists synced onto the phone that you carry everywhere-but there's something about hanging a calendar on the wall and keeping track of appointments the old-fashioned way that I just can't give up.
No matter how you keep yourself organized, though, you're likely spending these first few days of the year entering important dates into your calendar. Though you probably have the major ones marked, there are a few communications-related holidays you're going to want to celebrate:
Jan. 23: National Handwriting Day
Started by the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association in 1977, this holiday honors the history of penmanship and the creative power of pencils and pens. It's celebrated on the birthday of the man with America's most famous signature, John Hancock.
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March 4: National Grammar Day
The founder of the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar, Martha Brockenbrough, designated this holiday to help her students learn grammar in a positive way.
The National Grammar Day website says, "Language is something to be celebrated, and March 4 is the perfect day to do it. It's not only a date, it's an imperative: March forth on March 4 to speak well, write well and help others do the same!"
April 23: National Talk Like Shakespeare Day
Chicago Shakespeare Theater launched this day in 2009. Brush up your Shakespearian lingo over the next few months with this Shakespeare glossary.
Aug. 9: National Book Lovers Day
Every day might feel like Book Lovers Day to you, but this is the official day to profess your affection for paperbacks and hardcovers alike.
Sept. 8: National Ampersand Day
If the ampersand is your favorite punctuation mark, Sept. 8 is your day. Chaz DeSimone, a graphic artist, founded this holiday simply to "acknowledge & applaud the ampersand." He chose Sept. 8 because, as DeSimone says on his website, "several of the characters in 'September 8' can be cleverly disguised as ampersands when certain fonts are used.'"
Sept. 24: National Punctuation Day
To celebrate this day, founder Jeff Rubin recommends:
Are there any other communications holidays you'll celebrate this year? Please let us know in the comments.
- Read a newspaper, and circle all of the punctuation errors you find (or think you find, but aren't sure) with a red pen.
- Take a leisurely stroll, paying close attention to store signs with incorrectly punctuated words.
- Stop in those stores to correct the owners.
- Visit a bookstore and purchase a copy of Strunk & White's "The Elements of Style."
- Write an error-free letter to a friend.