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!