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Dot Your I’s Day – December 20, 2022

Dot Your I’s Day is on December 20 every year. Just like you, we’re intrigued by this unique holiday. We know the saying, “dot your i’s and cross your t’s.” Today’s when we up our game several notches higher. There’s no evidence of how the day began or who started it. We can only imagine it was someone who did everything impeccably. Is it a report you need? Flawless penmanship, guaranteed. Does the house need a thorough cleaning? Everything looks spotless and shining. That kind of excellence not only needs care but also a whole lot of love for the job. Are you up for the ride?

History of Dot Your I’s Day

We don’t know who came up with Dot Your I’s Day. All we know is it’s always been an observance every December 20. As an extension of the saying “dot your i’s and cross your t’s,” we’re reminded that the best job is a thorough job. “Dot your i’s” was an idiom first used to admonish school children for shoddy handwriting. Remember when we first learned cursive? Most of us would first write all the letters without stopping to dot the i’s, j’s, or cross the t’s.

We came back and did that after writing the entire word. Sometimes, we would forget and turn in careless work. In 1849, an article by William Thackeray in “Scribner’s Magazine” first carried the expression. It was the earliest known evidence that the saying was used widely around the time. The phrase today is never used to admonish children. Instead, it’s become a metaphor for performing tasks carefully without missing any detail.

So, whether you’re tackling a big presentation or planning your meals — do everything impeccably today. Take your time. Focus. Approach each task with care and detail. But remember, it doesn’t need to be anxiety-inducing. Dotting your i’s is as much about staying present as it is about precision. Enjoy every activity. Immerse yourself in the moment without needing to rush things. Whether you choose to celebrate literally or metaphorically, you’ll soon discover a meditative quality to precision.

Dot Your I’s Day timeline

301 A.D.
Earliest Lessons In Precision

Buddhists’ ‘Mandala Art’ are objects of perfect geometry as well as meditation.

1001 A.D.
The ‘Dot’ Makes An Appearance

To make the dense Blackletter script easier to read, paleographers develop the dot above certain letters to simplify reading.

1849
The Idiom Becomes Official

William Thackeray uses the expression in an article for “Scribner’s Magazine.”

1950
Another Publication Mentions The Saying

“That scrawling PostScript at the bottom, with its i’s so carefully dotted, and it’s gigantic t’s so carefully crossed” — from I.K. Marvel’s “Reveries of a Bachelor.”

Dot Your I’s Day FAQs

What does it mean to dot the i's?

Dotting the i’s means being precise and meticulous about everything you do. It was an expression used to admonish schoolchildren who were not careful about handwriting. 

Where did the saying “cross your t's and dot your i's” come from?

We still don’t know who invented the saying. The first documented evidence is in an article by William Thackeray for “Scribner’s Magazine” in 1849. 

What does the saying "mind your p's and q's" mean?

Minding your p’s and q’s involves being careful in speech and behavior. Parents often tell their children to mind their p’s and q’s or practice good manners.  

How To Celebrate Dot Your I’s Day

  1. Focus and pay attention

    Today is all about the details. Remember to use care and attention with everything you do — whether that’s an excel sheet or yoga session. Remove all distractions and immerse yourself in the moment.

  2. Learn calligraphy

    Calligraphy is a good way to celebrate Dot Your I’s Day. You’ll be dotting the i’s and creating art alongside. Make it special by writing a letter to your family in calligraphy.

  3. Buy stationery

    Visit your favorite store and pick up an amazing pen or notebook you’ve been eyeing. After all, we can’t do justice to Dot Your I’s Day without the best tools, right?

5 Facts About Fonts That Will Blow Your Mind

  1. Don’t hate on Comic Sans

    Creator Vincent Connare clarified that the universally-despised font was intended only for applications designed for children.

  2. Fonts that make people take you seriously

    Studies show that people associate Arial, Cambria, and Times New Roman with stability.

  3. Steve Jobs created the earliest digital fonts

    After dropping out of college, Jobs took calligraphy classes that inspired him to create typefaces for the Macintosh.

  4. You can always trust Baskerville

    The type’s implicit formality, ala the British, contributes to feelings of trust and credibility.

  5. Helvetica is named after a place

    ‘Helvetica’ is Latin for pre-Roman tribes that lived in the area we now know as Switzerland.

Why We Love Dot Your I’s Day

  1. To pick up a pen after ages

    When was the last time you wrote instead of typed? Today’s a good day to rediscover the joys of writing. You might even find that your handwriting has changed over the years.

  2. It’s the little things

    Dot Your I’s Day reminds us to do the little things well. They eventually add up to so much, contributing towards goals you want to accomplish or the person you want to be.

  3. An excuse to buy new stationery

    Stationery makes our hearts happy. There’s no such thing as enough stationery in our books. On Dot Your I’s Day, go ahead and splurge without the guilt.

Dot Your I’s Day dates

YearDateDay
2022December 20Tuesday
2023December 20Wednesday
2024December 20Friday
2025December 20Saturday
2026December 20Sunday

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