Word Crimes

National Grammar Day poster


Tomorrow is National Grammer Day in the US. Its only been on the calender for a decade so, its hardly surprising that their are still a few english language mistake’s out of which we haven’t yet sorted.

Okay, that felt weird. Did I confuse anybody?

Here’s how it ought to go:

Tomorrow is National Grammar Day in the US. It’s only been on the calendar for a decade, so it’s hardly surprising that there are still a few English language mistakes that we haven’t yet sorted out.

I feel a lot better now.

Martha Brockenbrough,* founder of National Grammar Day, says, “Language is something to be celebrated, and March 4 is the perfect day to do it. It’s not only a date, it’s an imperative: March forth on March 4 to speak well, write well, and help others do the same!”

We probably all have some pet grammar grievances that we notice in the speech or writing of others. Perhaps less obvious are the mistakes that we’re currently making that are pet grammar grievances (let’s call those PGGs for short) for the people around us.

To celebrate the day, we have one of “Weird Al” Yankovic’s parody creations. Chances are good that we’ll see some of our PGGs. We might even see a few ways that we’re contributing to the grammar grief of others. Those are the ones to watch.


What do you think–did you have any “wait, is that a rule?” moments?


*Martha Brockenbrough is the author of Things That Make Us [Sic] and founder of the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar (abbreviated as SPOGG; GGs appear to be a grammar occupational hazard). Reviews of her book say that it’s both funny and informative. I’ve put it on my list of books to find.


[Image: hooverlibrary.org]

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