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Better cross your Ts and dot your Is, because Saturday is National Grammar Day. A holiday started by Martha Brockenbrough, an author who also founded the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar, National Grammar Day is more than a chance to correct your friends' subject-verb agreement without seeming pretentious - it's a chance to celebrate good language and the rules that guide it.

Whether you're a copy editor, a teacher or just a reader with a good eye for grammar, here are 10 ways to (https://www.writingforward.com/news-announcements/news-and-announcements/10-ways-to-celebrate-national-grammar-day) observe National Grammar Day:

1. Peruse (http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/tag/creative-grammar) Cake Wrecks , a website that shows bakery cakes with unfortunate mistakes. It has an entire Creative Grammar section that's sure to make you LOL.

2. Read (http://www.mbpublishing.com/the-scoop-on-good-grammar-hyphenated-compound-adjectives.html) this cookie-themed lesson  on when to hyphenate compound adjectives. Once you're finished and hungry, bake a batch for your friends - using a grammatically correct recipe, of course.

3. Recall the worst typo you've ever made. Then comfort yourself with (https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2012/12/best-typos-mistakes-corrections-2012/320646/) others' mistakes.

4. Send your friends (http://www.someecards.com/search?q=grammar) snarky e-cards about their grammar. 

5. Buy yourself a (https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/game-tile-apostrophe-wall-art-piece/1041455203?skuId=41455203&mcid=PS_googlepla_nonbrand_homedecor_&product_id=41455203&adpos=1o1&creative=43742653069&device=c&matchtype=&network=g&gclid=CPeGws3OuNICFUlYDQodUQ8JaQ) decorative apostrophe from Bed Bath and Beyond or (https://www.etsy.com/market/comma_earrings) comma earrings from Etsy.

6. Read a (https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Geraldine_Woods_Grammar_For_Dummies_1_001_Practice?id=XGRiAwAAQBAJ) book and brush up on your grammar. Then take a (http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quiz_list.htm) grammar quiz to see how much you learned. Compete against your friends to see who can get the highest score.

7. Make a (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKpVgoGr6kE) newspaper blackout poem.

8. Write a grammar-inspired (http://www.copydesk.org/blog/2014/02/21/celebrate-national-grammar-day-in-verse-for-fun-and-prizes/) haiku for the American Copy Editors Society. 

9. Take a deep dive into the (https://www.wired.com/2014/07/history-of-autocorrect/) history of autocorrect , courtesy of Wired.

10. Tell your friends a grammar joke that will make them groan. Here are a few to get you started:

The past, the present and the future walk into a bar. It is tense.

What are Santa's elves called? Subordinate clauses.

What do you say when you're trying to comfort a grammar nerd? There, their.

 

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