How did you celebrate National Grammar Day? Did you host a party? What’s that? You say you did not know March 4 is designated as National Grammar Day. Well, in 2008, National Grammar Day was established by Martha Brockenbrough, founder of the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar. Some people celebrated by writing clever grammar-related haikus, and Grammar Girl celebrated by highlighting its top ten grammar myths:
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.
You can read the rationales debunking each myth at:
Make sure to check out the winning haikus from the American Copy Editors Society National Grammar Day Tweeted Haiku Contest at:
Try writing your own haiku and send it to:
I will publish submitted haikus in a future blog post.