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”?)
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.