Happy National Grammar Day

Reblogging from Write Well Me:

I don’t have much to say on this topic except the following:

• March 4 also happens to be my daughter’s birthday. Anastasia and grammar will be forever linked.
• They’ll make a day out of anything
• National Grammar Day gives plenty of fodder for those of who care about such things. Read this and this. (Case in point: this very blog post you’re reading.)

For more information, visit the National Grammar Day website. Yes, there’s an entire website as well as a whole day devoted to grammar.

The discussion between the Baltimore Sun editor and Language Log’s Geoffrey Pullum, referenced above, is quite interesting to follow. I can see both sides of the that vs. which in relative clauses debate pretty clearly. Having supported myself as a copy editor, I’m glad to hear that Language Log doesn’t hate my kind. I don’t want to sound clichéd, but I would like editors and linguists to work together; I don’t see why they’re divided. Maybe that’s just me, editor and wannabe linguist.

Where do you place yourself in this debate?

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4 responses to “Happy National Grammar Day

  1. HEY! Thanks! I never would have known! I’m going to go and put the date in my calendar so I’m not caught unawares next year!

  2. As much of a grammar guru as I am, I do draw the line. I appreciate those who go deeper, sometimes the whole way, so that there is a basis for why we write and speak the way we do in English.

    All I can say is thank goodness for the linguists AND the copy editors!

  3. I are happy to hear of this day. I was unbeware of it.

  4. Pingback: Today’s National Grammar Day « Word Lily

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