It was “celebrated” on March 4, but I didn’t spot any parades or floats. However, the day gives us the opportunity to consider the role grammar plays in our lives.
Actually, that’s a little bit high-falutin’. What the day allows us to do is to get all judgy about other people’s awful grammar.
To mark the day on this Change of Venue Friday, I suggest you test your skills as a grammarian here. You might be pleasantly surprised that your you’re quite the talented expert.
Or, if you’re feeling pretty poetic, enjoy the results of the Twitter-borne haiku entries in a National Grammar Day contest.
Here are a few favorites:
— marducey (@marducey) March 3, 2014
Do not attempt a semicolonoscopy. Ask an editor. #GrammarDay
— John McIntyre (@johnemcintyre) March 1, 2014
And yes, I am now following those two insightful wags.
And then, because every fake American holiday must be marked via humorous T-shirts (memes before anyone invented memes), I offer you a Buzzfeed site that contains some shirt-borne grammar humor. (A hat tip to my friend William Tandy for spotting this sartorial site.)
Many are quite good, but here, I think, is my favorite.
Here’s wishing you a typo-free weekend.Follow @azatty