If you’ve been bemoaning the lack of language-related holidays, you’re in luck. Martha Brockenbrough, the founder of the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar, established National Grammar Day in 2008 – and the annual celebration is coming up. It’s interesting to see more and more celebrations of language cropping up, like NaNoWriMo.
How does one honor the spirit of National Grammar Day? The official website puts it this way: “Language is something to celebrate, and March 4 is the perfect day to do it. It’s not only a date, it’s an imperative: March forth on March 4 to speak well, write well, and help others do the same!”
The (online) festivities include fiction and poetry writing contests, a theme song, free e-cards, teaching materials, t-shirts, photos, grammar tips, grammar haiku, and more. The site exposes popular grammar myths and boasts a collection of language-themed cartoons. And, of course, there are links to a number of resources to help visitors to the site improve their own grammar.
It’s nice to see a fun spin put on a subject that is all-too-often overlooked completely in classrooms – and which seems so cold and unapproachable to so many people of all ages. Maybe schools should start adopting Grammar Day celebrations.
Still, it’s not entirely clear exactly how one is supposed to celebrate National Grammar Day offline. Maybe singing along with “March Forth: The Grammar Song” (or tackling the sheet music, if you’re so inclined) while sipping on a tasty grammartini?
Do any language-loving Care2 members have plans for celebrating National Grammar Day? Let us know how you’re planning to promote well-written language on March 4th in the comments.
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