Thursday, March 5, 2009

Did Everyone Have a Nice National Grammar Day?

Yesterday was National Grammar Day, a day that was created for me and other grammar lovers out there.  (You'd be surprised how many there actually are.) The brainchild of the brains behind the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar, National Grammar Day puts the spotlight on bad grammar and the need to speak and write properly. What does this mean?  It means that there are people who actually care about the English language and its usage. And that makes me happy.  

Now that National Grammar Day has come and gone - all too quickly, I might add - I hope you spent the day as I did, using good grammar at work and enlightening co-workers about the subtle nuances of subject-verb agreement whether or not they were interested.  I consider NGD a beacon of hope for a future where everyone is more conscious of how they speak and write, especially for business.  

But I view this day in much the same way as I view Valentine's Day: It's not a day, but a 24/7/365 kind of thing.  Just as you should treat your significant other with love and respect and chocolate throughout the year, you should employ the principles of National Grammar Day every day, otherwise it's worthless.  

I feel almost vindicated that such a day exists because people think I'm crazy for being passionate about proper grammar.  My heartfelt thanks go out to SPOGG founder Martha Brockenbrough for creating National Grammar Day and for other grammar warriors such as Grammar Girl, Patricia T. O'Conner and Stewart Kellerman, and Bill Walsh who are devoted to grammar and recognize the beauty of our language.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You know what bugs me? It is people who still don't know the difference between "loose" and "lose". I see this just about every other day.

"I can't believe we are about to loose another game." Ugh.

Or the difference between "your" and "you're." For the love of God it's pretty simple.

"Hey is that you're car?"

I have now stepped off my soapbox.

D.F.