Another National Grammar Day Frenzy is Behind Us
National Grammar Day is hard to contain in just one day or within the borders of one nation. Of course, every day is grammar day to a copyeditor
National Grammar Day is March 4, easy to remember because it can be said as “march forth,” which is a sentence in itself with imperative verb and implied subject. Of course, “march fourth” also is a sentence, theoretically useful for establishing the order of bands in a parade.
There is, as yet, no parade for National Grammar Day, but there is a lot of buzz and contests and baked goods. Three simultaneous grammar-related discussions occurred at 2 p.m. EST on Tuesday. Copyediting hosted a Twitter chat featuring June Casagrande, author of Grammar Snobs are Great Big Meanies. Meanwhile, Bill Walsh, author of Yes, I Could Care Less, was hosting a grammar discussion at the Washington Post. The online discussion touched everything from confusion over the phrase turn of the century to various approaches to remembering when to use lay and when to use lie. (Made-up ranges were not discussed.) At Poynter NewsU, $9.95 would get you access to a webinar featuring Roy Peter Clark, “7 Tools for Next-Level Writing.”
Also at Poynter’s website is a compilation of grammar-related musical productions. For the Grammar Day song, March Forth, head to the official National Grammar Day website, which has links to many more March 4 activities, including John McIntyre’s Grammarnoir serial.
The National Grammar Day site is maintained by National Grammar Day host Mignon Fogarty of Grammar Girl fame. Fogarty and Merriam-Webster’s Peter Sokolowski were the guest for a wide-ranging discussion of word usage on WNPR’s Colin McEnroe show.
Leading up to National Grammar Day, the ACES National Grammar Day Tweeted Haiku Contest once again kept the #grammarday hashtag moving with all sorts of 17-syllable commentary on the state of grammar. The winning haiku are at the American Copy Editors Society blog.