On Sunday, March 4, National Grammar Day rolls around again. Are you prepared?
There is still time for you to go to Twitter and participate in the haiku competition that Mark Allen (@EditorMark) is conducting. Samples: "Send not to ask for / whom the bell tolls. It tolls for / who still uses whom." "Pedants must be told / What they can go and stick their / Prepositions up." Some of these, and several others, can be found at the National Grammar Day site, operated by the irrepressible Mignon Fogarty, Grammar Girl herself. If you missed my chat with Sheilah Kast on WYPR-FM's Maryland Morning about National Grammar Day, you can check out the podcast later today.
And, of course, you will want to return to this site on Sunday for the thrilling conclusion to "Grammarnoir 4: Final Edition."
If you are new to celebration of National Grammar Day, here's a little friendly advice: Grammar Day is not for peeving, because thoughtful examination of the evidence may very well show that your favorite peeves are misguided. It is not for looking down your nose at other people to celebrate your imagined superiority. (Hear that, Clark Elder Morrow?) It is a good day to luxuriate in the riches of language and improve your understanding of those riches.
I hope to see you at the Semicolon Ball at the ducal palace.