8 Hilarious Videos to Watch for National Grammar Day
Happy National Grammar Day! (No, seriously. It’s a thing.)
This holiday is relatively new (circa 2008), and comes to you from a group of enthusiastic grammar nerds. Now, I may not be quite as deep into the “should” of language as many of the most passionate members of the grammarian community, but I do take pleasure in the elegance of a well-formed sentence. Grammar lets us communicate clearly and effectively—and, just as important, it gives us a set of rules that we can intentionally violate for effect.
I wanted to fill you in on some details of the day. The rest of this article will give you information on the holiday, a few of the nerdy happenings and opportunities available for you, and some of my favorite grammar-related videos.
A Bit on National Grammar Day
Why was March 4th chosen for a nationwide celebration of grammar? Why, because it’s the only date that’s also a complete sentence! Or the only one that’s homophonous with a complete sentence, anyway.
The National Grammar Day website has an impressive (if disorganized) line-up of grammar-centric goodies, along with plenty of information about the holiday itself. They even have a song! A completely ridiculous song!
While that’s fun in an oh-my-God-this-actually-exists sort of way, there are better videos out there. Here are a few of them.
Puppets Teaching Grammar
YA Author John Green Discussing Grammar and Snooki
Can’t You Read the Signs?
Schoolhouse Rock: Take 2
5 Worst Typos of History
Stephen Fry on Language
(This video offers something of a counter-point to the holiday itself.)
There’s tons worth checking out. For example, all of the Oatmeal Grammar Comics: Apostrophes, Who vs Whom, How to Use a Semicolon, Uses of Irony, Literally, i.e. vs e.g., and Commonly Misspelled Words.
Or this grammar rumble that shows just how violent grammar fights can get.
Okay, okay. I think that’s all I have for you. Know of any grammar-related videos, comics, or events worth sharing? Let me know in the comments, below.