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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 ( observe National Grammar Day:

1. Peruse ( 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 ( 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 ( others' mistakes.

4. Send your friends ( snarky e-cards about their grammar. 

5. Buy yourself a ( decorative apostrophe from Bed Bath and Beyond or ( comma earrings from Etsy.

6. Read a ( book and brush up on your grammar. Then take a ( grammar quiz to see how much you learned. Compete against your friends to see who can get the highest score.

7. Make a ( newspaper blackout poem.

8. Write a grammar-inspired ( haiku for the American Copy Editors Society. 

9. Take a deep dive into the ( 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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Publication:International Business Times - US ed.
Date:Mar 4, 2017
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