National Grammar Day

Not to have the blog taken over by short announcements of amusing geek holidays, but again, this one was too good to pass up. Today, March 4, is National Grammar Day! Here are some suggestions from the organizers on how to celebrate:

Speak well! Write well! And on March 4, march forth and spread the word. We want people to think about language and how it can be used best.

Some of our members are planning Good-Grammar Potlucks at their offices. What do you serve at good-grammar potlucks? High-fiber foods, of course. They’re good for the colon. Afterward, at happy hour, we recommend the Grammartini. (Recipes are here.)

Visit their website for good grammar tips and the bad grammar hall of fame.

Feel free to leave a comment with any particularly heinous examples of bad grammar you notice today!

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2 Responses to National Grammar Day

  1. Alex Rudnick says:

    Hooray for grammar!

    “Grammar is the field of linguistics that covers the conventions governing the use of any given natural language. It includes morphology and syntax, often complemented by phonetics, phonology, semantics, and pragmatics.”
    (from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grammar )

    Also hooray!
    “In formal semantics, computer science and linguistics, a formal grammar (also called formation rules) is a precise description of a formal language – that is, of a set of strings over some alphabet.”
    (from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Formal_grammar)

    However:
    “One of the most serious of these [issues] is that prescription has a tendency to favour the language of one particular region or social class over others, and thus militates against linguistic diversity.”
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prescriptive_grammar#Problems

    Awww.

  2. […] 4, 2009 by Dana It’s National Grammar Day today, and to celebrate I really wanted to wear my grammar shirt. Alas, it is too cold here to go […]

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