It’s March 4th. Every year on this day, word-nerds, linguists, and writers honor National Grammar Day. The event is hosted by Mignon Fogerty, a.k.a. Grammar Girl.
In Grammar Girl’s own words, “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 how can we celebrate this day? What can we, as writers, do to further the cause of good grammar and improve our own writing by strengthening our grammar skills?
How to Celebrate National Grammar Day
- Use your blog or social media accounts to tell your friends and followers about National Grammar Day and to promote good grammar in general.
- If you’ve ever published or shared a piece of writing and later discovered an embarrassing typo, you’re not alone. Check out these funny typo stories.
- Educate yourself on the top ten grammar myths.
- Treat yourself to a style guide or grammar resource. I recommend Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing, The Elements of Style, or The Chicago Manual of Style as the three best starter resources for writers.
- Explore good and bad grammar around the world by perusing Grammar Girl’s Flickr stream.
- Commit yourself to a week of learning grammar with this calendar of daily grammar tips.
- Send a National Grammar Day e-card to “the language lover or worst language offender in your life.”
- Read through Writing Forward’s own grammar tips.
Last but not least, enjoy this “March Forth” video, and make sure you click through to YouTube so you can check the “About” tab (beneath the video) to get the lyrics.
Now, march forth and embrace good grammar everywhere!