My Entry for the National Punctuation Day Contest

Okay, so I entered the copyediting punctuation contest, and I didn’t win. The rules were to come up with one to three sentences where each sentence had a punctuation pun. You had to put brackets around the “pun” part. Mine was:

“Bring the [coal in] from the garage,” my sister said. I brought fifty briquettes in and said, with a [bold face], “Look how many I found!”
“Capital!” she exclaimed.

For real editing geeks (who are sure to “get” this one), I originally wrote:

Bring the [coal, Lynn] from the garage,” my sister said. Shivering, I brought three briquettes in and said, with a [bold face], “This was all we had.” When she asked if I was sure, I said, “[Uh, positive.]”

Darn,  I was hoping to win. Next year?

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