Happy National Grammar Day! It’s a holiday today, depending on what part of the world you’re in. Depending on your frame of mind, you can use punctilious grammar all day today. Or you can find a grammar rule and break it.
Regardless, we urge all those who delight in the celebration of grammar to keep in mind John McIntyre’s admonition not to ‘correct people’s grammar or pronunciation publicly,’ and to ‘learn [Ed. note: or invent] a new word every chance you get’ (see the heading above). And we join McIntyre in imploring you to ‘Honor and esteem people like Ben Zimmer and Jan Freeman and Mignon Fogarty and the merry band at Language Log and all the others who write about English with intelligence, affection, and force.’
Now, the sad news.
February 26 was Tell A Fairy Tale Day, and I missed it. I think I was asleep. Blog Fail. The only remedy is for you all to tell someone a fairy tale today.
Tell someone a fairy tale on National Grammar Day. It’s a beautiful thing.
A wonderful Sabbath to you all.