It’s a celebratory event, not a day to go around glowering while admonishing your local teen for saying “me and Josh are going out,” or sending off incensed emails to editorial departments for the incorrect usages of “who” and “whom.” Rather, it’s a day to rejoice in the beauty of proper language and to encourage everyone to write well and speak well. Of course, there’s more information on Grammar Girl’s–a.k.a.Mignon Fogarty–National Grammar Day website–fun activities, contests, the Grammar Day theme song (titled “March Forth”), and more. Fogarty is the author of Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tricks for Better Writing.
A number of bloggers and newspapers also reported on this event.
The White Board blog offered this homage to Dr. Seuss.
The Baltimore Sun is hosting a “Grammarnoir” writing exposition.
The Chicago Tribune reported on some of the day’s activites and displayed some unfortunate lapses in good grammar.
Here is Gord Robert’s winning entry in the 2011 Haiku contest:
Spell-checkers won’t catch
You’re mistaken homophones
Scattered hear and their
And, here is the 2011 entry from Nancy Wright in the Parts-of Speech Poetry contest:
I love the King of Ing
He makes me want to sing
Add him to an action word
And it’s a gerund… now a thing!