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.