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Present Perfect: Mind What You Say, It's National Grammar Day

Parts of speech and their proper placement should be paramount concerns on Sunday.

"Language is something to celebrate, 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!"

So says Grammar Girl, host of National Grammar Day, being observed Sunday by those who still cherish the joy and precision of proper syntax and usage.

For one day, at least, Grammar Girl implores that you mind to whom you are speaking and not lay aside the rules of English – even if your typical communication reads something to the effect of: "LOL so what U doing L8TR?"

Here are some tidbits from the Grammar Girl website:

National Grammar Day was established in 2008 by Martha Brockenbrough, founder of the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar (SPOGG) and author of Things That Make Us [Sic].

National Grammar Day for 2012 is hosted by Mignon Fogarty, the author of the New York Times best-selling book Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing and The Grammar Devotional.

On the website, you can find dozens of discussions about grammar, including this year's Top Five Tips:

The website also offers:

Ten Grammar Myths Exposed

(Read the explanations before you write to express your outrage.)

  1. A run-on sentence is a really long sentence.
  2. You shouldn't start a sentence with the word "however."
  3. "Irregardless" is not a word.
  4. There is only one way to write the possessive form of a word that ends in "s."
  5. Passive voice is always wrong.
  6. "I.e." and "e.g." mean the same thing.
  7. You use "a" before words that start with consonants and "an" before words that start with vowels.
  8. It's incorrect to answer the question "How are you?" with the statement "I'm good."
  9. You shouldn't split infinitives.
  10. You shouldn't end a sentence with a preposition.

Brief explanations with links to more detailed discussions

Tosa Mom March 05, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Yay, Jim! Thank you for pointing those bits out. And thanks to Nate for so graciously accepting the corrections!
Jim Price March 07, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Words to live by: "Everybody needs an editor."
James R Hoffa March 07, 2012 at 03:41 AM
@Jim - Truer words were never spoken!
James R Hoffa March 07, 2012 at 03:44 AM
Grammar rule #11 - Always refer to yourself in the third person when commenting on Patch, just as Hoffa does!
Born Free March 07, 2012 at 11:13 AM
Hey, politically correct speech police where are you? National Grammer Day is about empowering the English language (obviously by some radical right wing nut jobs) wih no consideration for other languages. I'm going to sue them into oblivion for being insensitive to me. I'm going to sue them into oblivion for being insensitive to the Cajons. Someones rights are being trampled on. I'm deeply offended. Someone else is deeply offended too and I'm sure of it. My feelings are hurt. Someone elses feelings are hurt too and I'm sure of it. Where's the ACLU on this? Would someone please call a Democrat senator for help? Oops, I'm so stressed out that I just wet myself over this injustice.

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