Grammar Girl celebrates National Grammar Day

by Julie Dodd
JEA Mentoring Committee co-chair

Thank goodness for the JEA listserv or I would have missed an important event.

Today is National Grammar Day.

Sandy Woodcock, director of the Newspaper Association of America Foundation, posted a news bulletin about National Grammar Day on the JEA listserv. Judy Robinson (JEA Mentoring Committee) spotted Sandy’s posting on the listserv and sent me an e-mail. I read her e-mail on my iPhone as I walked to class. As I walked (but not as I crossed the street), I did a Google search on my phone to see what I could learn about National Grammar Day. The first link was to Grammar Girl’s site, one of my favorite grammar sites.

When I arrived in class, I made a change in my PowerPoint presentation to include a visit to Grammar Girl’s site and the announcement that today is National Grammar Day. The students really enjoyed that announcement, as we ¬†— the lab instructors, the students and I — have been working on grammar all semester. (Or should that be “working all semester on grammar”?)

T-shirt slogan: Wear Your Good Grammar On Your Sleeve

The slogan on Grammar Girl’s Web site is:
“Lauguage is something to be celebrated, 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!”

I can imagine our colleagues and grammar enthusiasts Kay Phillips (NC mentor) and Candace Bowen (former Mentoring Committee member) being on the Grammar Girl’s¬†National Grammar Day Web site right now, ordering National Grammar Day T-shirts.