Grammar rules

Today 4 March is National Grammar Day. The day was established in 2008 by Martha Brockenbrough founder of the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar with the alluring acronym SPOGG. In 2016, National Grammar Day is hosted by Mignon Fogarty, the author of the New York Times best-selling book Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing and The Grammar Devotional.

I have always loved the Grammar Girl as much as I love Grammarly. I guess it’s because I love words, how people use them and how that usage evolves. I  do get a slight thrill when I see someone of note get it really truly badly embarrassingly grammatically wrong, but I am not perfect myself and struggle to thoroughly explain the more esoteric rules of grammar.

As John Mc Intyre said recently in the Baltimore Sun…. Always, always, always keep in mind Muphry’s Law: “If you write anything criticizing editing or proofreading, there will be a fault of some kind in what you have written.”  Mc Intyre also sugests that if you take grammar and usage seriously, National Grammar Day is a good time to inform yourself more fully by checking out Stan Carey’s posts at Macmillan Dictionary Blog, Jonathon Owen’s Arrant Pedantry blog, and Tom Freeman’s Stroppy Editor posts, among others. Each has links to other fabulous sites.

I was also fascinated to read the recent Grammarly blog noting the most grammatically correct tweeters – love the infographic…and who would predicted that  Khloe Kardashian would make that list alongside Barack Obama?

National Grammar Day gave me cause to reflect on a very important question…if grammar was a colour, what colour would it be?? After conducting a non statistically valid survey of close friends and associates, green comes out on top as the colour of grammar. Green is the cornerstone of my wrap, with a big bold ribbon tied Tiffany style around a plain white gloss presentation box. I’m letting the ribbon do the heavy lifting.

 

One thought on “Grammar rules

  1. I was suprised to find Khloe Kardashian’s name in this post, but it was a good kind of surprise, you know.
    And you said that green is grammar color. Now that I think about it, I feel like it really is. But also I think that red is the color of grammar errors. I just remember how my english teacher used to write down all my typos and grammar errors with red pen. Can I ask you a question?? Did you ever use any other grammar checker tools besides Grammarly? I have found this one: http://www.correctmysentence.com/ and I was thinking about using it but I still have some hesitations. It would be nice if you would answer me. So, thank you for your post and have a nice day!

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