National Grammar Day

March 9, 2013 by  

National Grammar Day, Every year on March 4 (also known as march forth! which will make sense in a second), language-minded folks raise their grammartini glasses and drink to National Grammar Day.

Established in 2008 by author and editor Martha Brockenbrough, who also founded the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar, National Grammar Day is a celebration of words in all their written, spoken, tweeted, texted splendor.

“Words can make us laugh, cry, fall in love, fall apart,” says Brockenbrough. “That so many people care about expressing themselves thoughtfully, respectfully, clearly — it’s kind of miraculous.”

Celebrants fete the day in all sorts of ways. (In addition to the drinking. And we’ve included Brockenbrough’s grammartini recipe below in case that’s your thing.)

Mignon “Grammar Girl” Fogarty, author of “Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing” and “The Grammar Devotional” hosts the day, which means she spends it tweeting and blogging and Facebook posting short stories, songs, photos and other Grammar Day-inspired endeavors.

A highlight of the holiday each year is the haiku contest, in which contestants are urged to tweet grammar- or usage-based haikus. Judges include Ben Zimmer, the Boston Globe language columnist and executive producer of Visual Thesaurus, Martha Barnette, who hosts a nationally syndicated public radio program called “A Way with Words,” Bill Walsh, a copy editor at the Washington Post and author of “Lapsing into a Comma,” and, of course, Brockenbrough.

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