It’s National Grammar Day!
Every year on March fourth, we set aside a day to honor and celebrate grammar.
Grammar is either near and dear to a writer’s heart or it’s the bane of a writer’s existence. Some of us delight in studying the rules and constructs of language. These rules can be considered a consensus, a way to ensure consistency in language, so it can be widely used and understood.
That’s why grammar is one of the most important tools a writer can master. When you understand the rules of language, your writing will be smoother and easier to digest. You’ll also know when to break the rules for effect. As you gain mastery of grammar, your writing process becomes easier, because you won’t need to stop in the middle of a sentence to wonder if you’ve constructed it properly.
As writers, we should pay heed to grammar every day of the year. We should constantly strive to expand our knowledge of grammar, spelling, and punctuation as a way to improve our process and our finished product. National Grammar Day serves as a reminder that grammar is integral to our work.
Fast Facts About National Grammar Day
Since 2013, National Grammar Day has been hosted by Mignon Fogarty, the author of Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing and The Grammar Devotional. She’s also the host of the Grammar Girl blog and podcast, which offers short and fun grammar lessons in easy, digestible chunks.
Five Ways to Celebrate National Grammar Day
This year on National Grammar Day, set aside a few minutes to learn something new about grammar, spelling, or punctuation.
- Treat yourself to a grammar handbook or a style guide. I recommend The Chicago Manual of Style, a thick tome that will answer almost every issue that arises in your writing.
- Visit the dictionary and learn a new word, or visit the thesaurus and study synonyms for some of your favorite or most frequently used words.
- Make a commitment to set aside a few minutes each day (or week) to study grammar and become better versed in the rules of language.
- Subscribe to Grammar Girls blog or podcast.
- Review a piece of your writing, and take time to look up every issue you’re uncertain about.
National Grammar Day
National Grammar Day has a mantra:
March forth on March 4 to speak well, write well, and help others do the same!
Finally, spread the word about National Grammar Day. Let your friends know about it, whether they’re writers or not, and be sure to visit the National Grammar Day website, which is packed with grammar goodies.