Do you know what day it are? Your shore to be surprised when you figure it out, though u may be sad when you saw it! It’s National Grammar Day – March 4.
Established by Martha Brockbrough, founder of the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar, it was officially designated as such in 2008. That Ain’t Not Right (TANR) tips its hat to Ms. Brockbrough for her recognition of the abuse and poor treatment of our English language. She decided all good verbs, adverbs, nouns, and adjectives deserved a day when people stood up for their rights and refused to allow them to be abused. No more would apostrophes be lost, forgotten, or misplaced. No more would we find commas left out and proper nouns in lower case; those days were in the past, and thus she wrote “Things that makes us [sic]” to help spread the word about poor grammar.
Grammar is a vital part of our communication and the inclusion or exclusion of certain grammatical elements can completely change the meaning of a sentence.
What do you do when you see signs marked “Harsh Brown Potato” breakfast? Or a grocery store sign announcing you can get your “Glutten Free” foods here? Or the TV station proclaiming “Department of Criminal Justice: What their doing to fix it”?
There are grammar rules and word-choice guidelines that can confound even the best writers – from “between vs. among” and “although vs. while” to site just a couple. There are memory tricks and clear explanations that can help you recall and apply some troublesome grammar rules. These are especially effective for business writing and emailing and can be found at That Ain’t Not Right.com (TANR).
Really, grammatical errors are a problem of which we all need to be aware. All YOU have to do to celebrate National Grammar Day is to take a little extra effort in making YOUR sentences grammatically correct.
And finally, when comforting a grammar fanatic, just hold them in your arms and whisper “Their, They’re, There”
For more great grammar tips contact Hiett Ives, CEO, ShowDynamics. Hiett is a business consultant to who helps businesses show a positive ROI for the tradeshow marketing. Please visit www.showdynamics.com or www.hiettives.com.