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I Missed It! Saturday Was National Grammar Day!

I’m not sure how this one slipped past me, but March 4 was National Grammar Day.

National Grammar Day was established in 2008 by Martha Brockenbrough, author of “Things That Make Us [Sic]” (2008) and founder of the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar.

It’s a good-natured observance where people share tips about how to improve grammar and jokes about those who struggle. Even the date itself is a grammar joke. “It’s an imperative: March forth on March 4 to speak well, write well and help others do the same,” according to the Examiner.

Mignon Fogarty, who wrote “Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing,” told the Chicago Tribune in 2012, “It’s a day to get everyone thinking about language and all its quirks and frustrations and fascinations.”

I actually discovered National Grammar Day while scanning my Facebook feed earlier today, and it led me to an article from 2016 that took a humorous look at the day.

Here are some of the grammar-related jokes from that article:

  •  What’s another name for Santa’s elves? Subordinate Clauses.
  • To write with a broken pencil is pointless.
  • The past, the present, and the future walked into a bar. It was tense.
  • A bicycle can’t stand alone; it is two tired.
  • You can’t run through a campground. You can only ran, because it’s past tents.
  • What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary? A thesaurus.
  • It’s hard to take someone seriously when they leave you a note saying, ‘Your ugly.’ My ugly what? The idiot didn’t even know the difference between your and you’re.
  • Two quotation marks “walk into” a bar.
  • Every time you make a typo, the errorists win.
  • What do you say when comforting a crying grammar fan? There, their, they’re.
  • A synonym is a word you use when you can’t spell the other one.

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And if you enjoy good grammar as much as I do, you can test your grammar skills with an online quiz at the Grammarly blog. Here were the results I received after completing the quiz:

You may drive your friends and family nuts, but you would make Strunk and White proud. You love enforcing rules just about as much as you love the rules themselves. For you, grammar truly is one of life’s greatest joys.

I guess I would have to mainly agree with the results. I do think grammar is important, and I try to use proper grammar most of the time.

I’ve already marked March 4, 2018 on my calendar; hopefully there will be a new set of jokes I can get another blog post out of.

And maybe by then I’ll learn not to end sentences with a preposition or to start a sentence with a conjunction.

But I will continue to be a big fan of the Oxford Comma.

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Jim Borden

Accounting Prof. at Villanova; happily married for 30+ years; father of 3 outstanding young men; vegan; interests: fitness, creativity, education, blogging, social media.

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