A day to take snapshots of the random grammatically impaired signs (without shame), counting how many misspelled emails you read at work (and rewrite them while saving to your desktop—muahahaha!) or sending letters to the editors of your favorite literary journals (signed with your real name).
It is a day as some grammar fanatics like me take part in and tell people proudly about, a day to reconcile bad habits and acknowledge them outwardly.
I'll start by sharing that although I am a grammar snob, I have selective use of capitalization. Wheew. That felt good. Now your turn. Go on. Be a little bad you grammar snob, you.
Those who admire National Grammar Day will be grateful to know its founder, Martha Brockenbrough, understands our daily gripes and notes to self about errors we encounter and wanted us to enjoy celebrating them with folly. Martha is also the founder of the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar (SPOGG).
Although National Grammar Day is only four years old (2008), I expect it shall gain some esteem as the years go by. Not only is it a day for fun, it’s become an imperative to grammar folk and foe alike.
Another strong supporter and advocate of good grammar, Mignon Forggarty, is a writer I’ve become quite fond of over the past several years.
Her book, “Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing”, has become a quick-witted "go to" for anyone with grammar inquiries. I can honestly say her podcast has soothed many of my anxious nights, riddled with questions. If you’ve ever had a possessive uncertainty, adverb blooper or yearn for a better adjective, turn this podcast on and all your worries will be assuaged. Click this link for the National Grammar Day website and to find ways to have fun with grammar.
How do you celebrate National Grammar Day? Me? Well, luckily, March 4 is also my birthday. (Yippee!) I’ll make sure to toast with a dirty grammartini. Cheers.