National Grammar Day
Do you know what day it are? Your shore to be surprised when you figure it out, though u may be sad when you saw it. It’s not bad grammar day, its just National Grammar Day! Alright, that’s just about enough of that! National Grammar Day was established to promote awareness and understanding of proper grammar, and perhaps just another chance to smack those people who can’t seem to compose a decent sentence right upside the head for being daft. Whether you’re new to reading and writing, or an established user of the written word, the importance of Grammar cannot be understated, especially on National Grammar Day!
Avid writers, readers, or just people who care about doing things in the correct way will love the aim of National Grammar Day: promoting the use of good grammar. It’s the day when it’s perfectly acceptable to be something of a “grammar Nazi,” not only brushing up on your own grammar but helping to keep other people’s grammar in line too. It might have been a while since you last had an English lesson, but it’s never too late to brush up on how to use a comma or when you should start a new paragraph.
Sticklers for grammar won’t want to miss out on this important day that puts everything to do with technically correct writing in the spotlight. It doesn’t matter if you’re already a grammar expert or you want to finally learn the difference between they’re, their, and there – this grammar-focused day is the time to celebrate all things related to the perfectly written word. You can use the day to improve your own grammar and to share your love of correct grammar with people around you.
History of National Grammar Day
Martha Brockenbrough had had enough. She had seen the word abused and abased and simply wouldn’t stand for another instance of the poor innocent language being treated poorly in her presence. Not on her watch! So it was that Martha decided that all good verbs, adverbs, nouns, and adjectives deserved a day when people stood up for their rights and refused to allow them to be abused. No more would apostrophes be lost, forgotten, or misplaced. No more would we find commas left out and proper nouns in lower case; those days were in the past, and thus she wrote “Things that makes us [sic]” to help spread the word about poor grammar.
National Grammar Day was first held in 2008 and it’s still going strong. Martha Brockenbrough also happens to be the founder of the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar, which helps to promote excellent grammar all year. In the first year that the day was held, it was commemorated in a letter sent by former President George W. Bush. Even the chosen date has a special meaning. Brockenbrough chose March 4th because it’s also an instruction – “March forth!” She wants people to speak well, write well, and help others to do the same thing.
The day was developed not just to berate people for making the wrong grammar choices but also to celebrate the positive side of language. Good use of grammar and language ensures your intended meaning comes across. And once you have grasped the foundation of good grammar, you can use it to be creative, educational, informative and passionate about anything that you want to write about.
Grammar is a vital part of communication, as the inclusion or exclusion of certain grammatical elements can completely change the meaning of a sentence. What do you do when you see signs marked with a “Harsh Brown Potato” breakfast? Or grocer signs that announce that you can get your “Glutten Free” foods here? How about the time KEYE TV in Texas proclaimed “Department of Criminal Justice: What their doing to fix it”? Really, no matter where you go or what you do for a living, grammatical errors are a problem that we all need to be aware of.
How to celebrate National Grammar Day
Straight forward and simple, all you have to do to celebrate National Grammar Day is take a little extra effort in making your sentences grammatically correct. Brush up on your lessons from primary school and double-check your sentences to ensure that the message you mean to send is, in fact, the message you’re sending. Those you’re communicating with will appreciate it, and those of us who grind our teeth anytime we see grammar improperly used will have one less reason to see the dentist.
However, you don’t just have to work on your own skills. You might celebrate the day by helping someone else with their grammar, especially if they’ve asked you to help them. National Grammar Day isn’t just for helping you improve your own grammar, but also a chance to help other people be passionate about good grammar too. Doing some reading and writing is also a fantastic way to celebrate, whether you keep it to yourself or share with others.
If you do spend any of your time during the day writing, take care to get everything right. Give an extra glance over your writing, and maybe even put it through a grammar checker to double-check that you’ve got everything right. And if you’re really passionate about good grammar, you could volunteer to help other people with making sure that they’ve written everything correctly too. You could even go further and do something like holding a writing competition or starting a book club.