My goal to learn something new every day
Today I learned that its National Grammar Day today, at least in the US. Well, seeing as I work in Korea, where American English prevails, I feel like I can celebrate it. What is it, you may ask. I certainly did. It falls on the 4th March every year and began in 2008. The Wikipedia entry for the day is short, at only two sentences. It simply states that the day was founded by Martha Brockenbrough, who is also the founder of the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar (SPOGG).
Naturally, Grammar girl celebrates it every year, but to be honest, she’d probably like to celebrate it everyday. You might like to check out her podcast from the same day back in 2010. There doesn’t seem to be all that much information about it online, but Grammar girl’s page says that it is a “day to honor good grammar.” This year, 2015, it’s Grammar girl’s turn to “host” the day, although I’m not quite sure what the means. The url nationalgrammarday.com points to her site, so perhaps that’s it?
At the time of writing this (15:35 Korea time) it looks like Grammar Day is off to a slow start online. Although, in fairness, its only 1:30 A.M. on the east coast of the US. A search on google reveals a few results, but some of them are quite outdated. The top result on page 1 is the Grammar girl link (above). There are a couple of mentions of it in recent news, but many of the articles in the top 10 are from a few years ago. Their’s 19 smart tees to celebrate National Grammar Day from Buzzfeed (2014), A plea for syntactical sanity on US National Grammar Day from the Guardian (2013), and a link to the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar, which hasn’t been updated since 2012. According to this page from Grammar girl:
SPOGG is for people appalled by bad grammar in public spaces. The blog calls out goofs by celebrities, politicians, marketers, and more. The Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar is the founder of National Grammar Day.
I’m not sure how I’ll be celebrating the rest of the day. I’m personally in too minds about what the day stands for. Is it about correcting mistakes that people make, or correcting people? It seems that a lot of posts I see about grammar mistakes, whether their talking about mistakes by native speakers of non native users of English, end up attacking the individuals and not the mistakes. Kevin Stein posted a wonderful thought yesterday which says: “Correcting errors is just fine. It’s correcting people that causes problems.” Perhaps I can pay special attention to correcting my students’ errors today.
Oh, and the grammar mistakes throughout this post… Yes, there intentional. Can you find them?