You’ve had your decorations up for weeks, and now the big day is finally here. That’s right, it’s National Grammar Day, and tonight spell checkers and proofreaders from coast to coast will be celebrating into the wee hours. In honor of this momentous day, we asked a few EPL regulars the following:
What is your biggest grammar pet peeve?
“In our house, we’re constantly hearing ‘me and so-and-so’ instead of ‘so-and-so and I.’ We’re always correcting each other.”
— Kathy Henke, a 13-year Evanston resident and mother of 3
“When someone uses mixed verb tenses in a sentence.”
— Marley Haller, an NU grad living in Evanston since 2003
“Prepositions at the end of a sentence! Also, saying ‘me and him went to…’ Eek! That’s like nails on a blackboard for me.”
— Sheila McGuire, an EPL volunteer and 15-year Evanston resident
If you’re making National Grammar Day resolutions, try the following books to help you reach your goals, but for now… let the festivities begin!
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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!
Why weren’t we warned about this? Anyway, today is the day and a grammar song was produced in its honor. (I personally think a jazz or hip-hop tune would have been more exciting.) On second thought, how exactly does one observe this day? Apply proper agreement? Ask Grammar Girl.