Did you know that March 4th
is National Grammar Day?

Martha Brockenbrough, the author of Things That Make Us [Sic] and the founder of the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar, established National Grammar Day in 2008 “for people appalled by bad grammar in public spaces”.

If you are a word nerd like me, you probably already have plans to celebrate National Grammar Day ‒ but if not, here are some ideas:

  • Take an online grammar quiz
  • Watch “Weird Al” Yankovic’s Word Crimes video ‒ and don’t miss seeing and hearing what is (obviously) my favourite line: “You really need a full-time proof reader” (I don’t even care that he uses “proof reader” with a space!)
  • Check out the resources on the National Grammar Day website, which is hosted by Mignon Fogarty, author of Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
  • Check out John McIntyre’s 2021 National Grammar Day post about meeting Ellen Jovin, the Grammar Table Lady 
  • Speaking of Ellen Jovin (who probably celebrates National Grammar Day every day), I’m eagerly awaiting her Rebel with a Clause book about her Grammar Table adventures, which will be released in July 2022
  • Don’t miss other suggested National Grammar Day activities from National Today ‒ my favourite is Play pin the apostrophe on “it’s”!
  • Thank your proofreader or editor
  • Proofread your materials, or ask ProofingQueen to review them

In any case, please do march forth on March 4th to speak well, write well and help others do the same!

Cartoon with woman and man standing in front of a table with the sign "Apostophes" and a pile of apostrophes on the table. The woman turns to the man, saying "I really want one. I just don't know where to put it."
Many thanks to Dave Blazek for permission to display his fabulous cartoon! (Yes, this cartoon is more about punctuation than grammar, but it’s all about writing well!)