March 4 is National Grammar Day: Have you made plans yet? Perhaps a visit to the library with your soul mate or maybe you're still figuring out which thrilling grammar gala to attend.
Just in case you haven't planned ahead, here are four reasons to celebrate, five ways to imbibe and six fun--yes, fun--grammar resources.
First, a few fun factoids to fuel your fire:
- Better Grammar Correlates with Higher Achievement: From both Forbes and Harvard Business Review: A study by Grammarly.com of Linkedin users showed that professionals with fewer grammar errors in their profiles achieved higher positions. Those who failed to progress to a director-level position within the first 10 years of their careers made 2.5 times as many grammar mistakes as their director-level colleagues.
Perhaps you're convinced of the importance of good grammar, but wonder how to partake in the festivities. Here, then, are five ways to commemorate the comma, honor the apostrophe and punctuate the party:
- Post your favorite grammar gaffe on Facebook. If you're hard pressed for a good boo-boo, check out grammarly's daily post.
Sin and Syntax by Constance Hale, Grammar Snobs are Great Big Meanies by June Casagrande, The Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing by Mignon Fogarty and the now classic Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss, both the adult and children's versions.
In addition to the four books above, this writer highly recommends:
• Grammarly, a free resource to find and correct your writing mistakes
• EditMob, a crowd-sourced typo finding service for bloggers, which is also currently free in beta version
So, how are your spending National Grammar Day? Why is grammar important--or not important--to you? Feel free to share your pet punctuation peeve or favorite grammar resource.
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