Happy National Grammar Day!

That’s right folks, March 4th is National Grammar Day!  What a nice time to reflect on all things language and writing…and to feel self-conscious about our own (im)proper grammar usage.


Everyone celebrates this day differently.  For instance, the American Copy Editors Society hosts an annual grammar-themed haiku challenge on Twitter.  Here’s last year’s winning piece by Arika Okrent:

I am an error

And I will reveal myself

After you press send

In honor of this day, we here in the library thought it fitting to provide you with some helpful grammar-related resources to make sure your writing is up to snuff.

1) Grammar Girls’ Editing Checklist

2) The Grammar Handbook from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

3) The Purdue OWL’s grammar page

For those who already feel like master grammarians, are you feeling up for a challenge?  Chomping at the bit to parse a sentence?  Here is a grammatically correct sentence which throws most of us for a loop:

Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo

American Bison (Bison bison) DDZ_0055

Photo by Dan Dzurisin. CC license here.

How can that possibly be grammatically correct? Check out this article for an explanation.

Now, march forth and sharpen those grammar skills!

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