Friday, March 04, 2011

Happy National Grammar Day

Today is National Grammar Day, a time for us to raise our grammartini glasses and clink to the beauty of a well-constructed sentence, or to eat grammar crackers and milk while toasting the same thing.

The Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar founded National Grammar Day officially in 2008, although we celebrated it earlier with our high school students.

In the years since, it's grown far beyond us, thanks in large part to the participation of the many bloggers listed in the link parade on the side of this site.

Oh, and Grammar Girl. Inviting her to a party is like inviting Lady Gaga, but a Lady Gaga dressed in suitably warm late-winter clothes, ready to sing the official National Grammar Day anthem.

Last year, the event became a trending topic on Twitter. Katie Couric even mentioned it in her evening broadcast, earnestly offering up bad grammar advice, the well-intentioned but fake rule cautioning people not to end a sentence with a preposition.

The irony of this runs a close second to the National Grammar Day letter signed by President George W. Bush that we received in 2008. (We nonetheless remain grateful to the thoughtful people in his office who made that happen.)

People will be chatting all day on Twitter about the holiday using the hashtag #grammarday. Feel free to join in.

Meanwhile, we will be judging Editor Mark's haiku contest, reading the stunning conclusion to John McIntyre's grammarnoir extravaganza, and of course, drinking a properly chilled grammartini.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Grammar Smackdown: Men's Room Edition

People can get, well, pissy about a lot of things.

Nonetheless, we enjoyed this exchange (thanks, Lance!), almost as much as we enjoy that technicolor subway tile.

That is a nice bathroom, people. Let's keep it clean.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

National Grammar Day: A Haiku Contest

How can you resist
The chance to wax poetic
About sweet grammar?

If you are so moved
Go to Editor Mark's blog
The details are there.

(P.S. National Grammar Day is Friday! March 4! Wuhoo! We'll continue to punctuate as if there is a sale on exclamation points until it's all over! Sorry! We can't contain our excitement!)