Ain’t No Reason Not to Celebrate…Its National Grammar Day
If you’ve noticed an unusual number of people out and about, standing by signs, jotting notes with satisfied smiles, or snapping photos with their cell phones, and you’re not that familiar with cultural trends and traditions, you may wonder, “What’s going on?” Well…throw up your hands and shout “Hallelujah”; it’s National Grammar Day.
National Grammar Day was established in 2008 by Martha Brockenbrough who also founded the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar. How does one celebrate National Grammar Day? Refraining from using dangling participles and ending sentences with prepositions might be a good start, but I suspect more people would prefer, as suggested on Care2, relaxing with a nice, strong grammartini. Grammar Girl at Quickanddirtytips.com offers the recipe (developed by none other than Martha Brockenbrough!):
National Grammar Day founder, Martha Brockenbrough, shares her grammartini recipe to spice up your celebrations:
1. 2 1/2 oz gin
2. 1/2 oz dry vermouth (The ratio is what's important.)
3. 1 green olive (Some people use lemon. I say, what is up with that?)
4. Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice cubes. (I use a Value Village cocktail shaker.)
5. Stir for 30 seconds. (You can also shake, but John McIntyre says this bruises the gin. Who wants to be charged with gin abuse?)
6. Strain into a martini glass.
Other fun activities include:
Grammar Checker. Get together with friends and see who can find the most grammatical errors in newspapers and books (or Internet articles about National Grammar Day) in one hour.
Terrible Translation Tromp. Go to the local dollar or big-box store and read the directions on products made in China.Continued on the next page