Today is National Grammar Day

Should we worry too much about proper grammar? People like H.L. Mencken don’t think it’s a big deal:

“…The plain people will always make their own language, and the best that grammarians can do is to follow after it, haltingly, and often without much insight. Their lives would be more comfortable if they ceased to repine over it, and instead gave it some hard study. It is very amusing, and not a little instructive.”

Still, expect people to  point out the “they’re/there/their” differences!

Grammar Girl is doing a week-long celebration. She has a grammar checklist which is a couple of years old and still plenty useful. The BBC and other news outlines also have information.

National Grammar Day was established on 4 March 2008. It’s the brainchild of Martha Brockenbrough, founder of the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar (SPOGG).

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