WORDS MATTER WEEK
Words Matter Week during the first full week in March coincides with National Grammar Day. The week is designated to stamp out verbal slop and drivel.
Words are the basis for communication, no matter the language spoken. Babies make sounds, which eventually are formed into words. NAIWE Executive Director April Michelle Davis said, “In every aspect of life, personal or professional, words form the basis of relationships with others. The written word preserves and transmits knowledge, evokes alternate worlds, and provides endless food for thought. Words Matter Week gives us the opportunity to celebrate words and focus on why they matter.”
“Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule.”
HOW TO OBSERVE #WordsMatterWeek
- Host a word party, and play word games such as Scrabble, Boggle, and Pick Two.
- Write a few words in a journal, story, or poem.
- Take a language or writing class.
- Use the most accurate word for what you want to say.
- Visit the NAIWE website https://wordsmatter.naiwe.com and participate in the Words Matter Week blog challenge.
- Follow on Social Media with the hashtag #wordsmatterweek, or with #NAIWE
“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.”
WORDS MATTER WEEK HISTORY
Since 2008, the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors, (NAIWE) has sponsored Words Matter Week. It has become increasingly popular in the publishing industry and among schools and libraries.