Did you know that today is the only day of the year that is also a complete sentence? March Fo(u)rth! It’s only fitting, then, that today is also National Grammar Day. It was established in 2008 by Martha Brockenbrough, the founder of the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar. Language is a complex, fascinating thing and what better day to celebrate it than National Grammar Day?
We love grammar here at Dissertation Editor, but that could be because it’s an occupational hazard. We geek out over new formatting guidelines or grammar rules and are constantly reviewing grammar handbooks to make sure we’re providing our clients with the most up-to-date guidelines. For those of you who don’t share our deep and abiding love of grammar, you might be stumped as to how to celebrate today. Don’t worry, here are some suggestions!
Tell some grammar jokes! Here’s one to start you off: The past, present, and the future walk into a bar. It is tense.
Find some comic relief. Take a look at unfortunate grammar mistakes on cakes. These will make any academic cringe!
Pick up a book. A new book that was recently published, Dreyer’s English, is a popular book among writers for a reason. Written by Random House’s copy chief, this book has all the ins and outs of writing well, including grammar and punctuation. Another good one is the classic book The Elements of Style, which was recently updated.
Push your comfort zones. Commit to learning one grammar rule a day. Here are some to get you started.
Watch a movie about words or language. Try The Linguists, Akeelah and the Bee, Bee Season, or Grammar Revolution.
Buy the accepted style guide in your discipline, and actually become familiar with it. Sure, there’s the internet, but it can be super helpful to have a hard copy of your specific manual lying around. Sometimes they even make pocket style guides, since the actual guides can be quite heavy and unwieldy.
If grammar doesn’t come naturally to you, or even if it does, but you could use an extra pair of eyes on your work (and who doesn’t need that?), check out a professional editing service like Dissertation Editor! We offer a range of editorial and data analysis services that can help you on your dissertation or thesis journey, your job application process, and more! Contact us today to learn how we can assist you in reaching your goals.