NATIONAL GRAMMAR DAY
National Grammar Day is observed across the United States each year on March 4th. The observance encourages the use of correct grammar in both verbal and written language.
According to the Global Language Monitor, the estimated number of words in the English language is 1,025,109. There is some controversy over that figure, but it’s safe to say it is over a million.
Language is something to celebrate. Some people might suggest that grammar is a set of rules for language, but it is a system for understanding language. Understanding the system and the structure helps us understand each other better and help us learn new languages.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalGrammarDay
- Read a new blog, book, magazine, or newspaper. You might learn a new turn of phrase or word.
- Learn a new word from another language. Not all languages use the same grammar rules. Some languages even have words that don’t exist in other languages.
- Spend time with someone who speaks your first language as a second language. You might learn something new about syntax, tense, or spelling.
- What might be a grammar error in one language is perfectly fine in another. Do you speak two languages or more? What are the unique differences between grammar rules that you’ve noticed?
- Read about these 9 Common Grammar Mistakes.
- Do your best to use proper grammar and use #NationalGrammarDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL GRAMMAR DAY HISTORY
Martha Brockenbrough, founder of the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar, designated National Grammar Day in 2008.
Q. What extinct animal knew a lot of words?
A. A thesaurus.
Q. What did the judge say to the comma splice?
A. You will appear for judgment, and I will sentence you.
For more information and ideas on ways to celebrate National Grammar Day, visit the website at http://nationalgrammarday.com/