The Winning Entry: "A Demonstrable Proof" 

I know, with out-and-out certainty, which mark should be the official punctuation mark of the President of the United States; it has to be the period. I say that for two reasons: 1) the fact that “full stop” is a (chiefly British [according to Webster’s]) synonym for “period” and 2) the fact that —as per the sign that sat on Harry Truman’s desk in the Oval Office — “The ... stops here!” Could any other argument top that one?

— Dana Cook Grossman, East Thetford, Vt.


Thetford Woman Knows Punctuation. Period.

Monday, December 31, 2012

East Thetford — An Upper Valley resident has been nationally recognized as a prominent punctuation professional — a commander of commas, harbinger of hyphens, expert with ellipsis, deft at dashes ... well, you get the point. Dana Cook Grossman, an East Thetford resident who recently retired as longtime editor for the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth’s quarterly magazine, was …