You may not know the significance of today. Yes, it is our former Presidential Inauguration Day, ending with Franklin Roosevelt’s inauguration on the very day my mother entered this world. But it is also something else.
It’s been six months since National Punctuation Day, and those fun-loving grammarians need another reason to party. Today is National Grammar Day. (Woo hoo!) The official website (http://nationalgrammarday.com/) states that language is something to celebrate, and March 4th is the perfect day to do it. It’s not only a date, it’s an imperative: March forth on March 4th to speak well, write well, and help others do the same!
National Grammar Day was established in 2008 by Martha Brockenbrough who also founded the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar. So how exactly do you join in the frivolity of the day? Well, some stand near signs, jotting notes with smug smiles or snapping photos with their cell phones, ridiculing the grammatical mistakes of the ignorant masses. Others humbly brush up on their personal grammar skills, perhaps going so far as to take an online grammar quiz; that is, if their hearts can stand the excitement.
Grammar is difficult. It’s hard to keep its and it’s straight. Using loose when you mean lose might just be a typo, but I’m certain that their, there and they’re were put on this earth to trip us up. We can all benefit from a refresher course. So today is the day. Let’s go split some infinitives and have fun!