National Grammar Day

Celebrated on March 4th, National Grammar Day is a holiday designed to help people think more deeply about the grammar they use. It’s a day that was first established in 2008 and encourages all of us to present a positive image of ourselves in our writing through the use of better grammar. After all, language is important for all of us, so it’s a good idea to show it some respect—if not during our everyday lives, then at least on this day.

The History of National Grammar Day

This holiday was established by Martha Brockenbrough—a writer and founder of the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar—otherwise known as SPOGG. On February 29th of that same year, George W. Bush sent a letter of greetings to all those people celebrating this holiday and went on to say that National Grammar Day is an opportunity to recognize how communication skills can help Americans meet the challenges of the 21st century. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

Fun Facts About Grammar & The English Language

Sometimes when people hear the word “grammar,” they have a tendency to tune out because they feel that the subject is extremely dry or boring. We wanted to change that, so we decided to unearth some fun facts about not only grammar but also about the English language itself. Hopefully, the following facts will help people keep an open mind about grammar and always work towards presenting the best version of themselves in all their writing.

  • More English words begin with “S” than with any other letter.
  • The most common consonant sound in English is “R.”
  • The most common letter in the English language is “E.”
  • The # symbol can be called a hashtag, pound sign, or number sign.
  • A sentence that contains all 26 letters of the English alphabet is known as a pangram.
  • “Checkmate” comes from the Persian phrase “Shah Mat,” which means the king is helpless.
  • The longest English word (so far) is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.
  • The word “I” is not only one of the shortest English words, but it’s also one of the oldest.

How To Observe National Grammar Day

National Grammar Day is a holiday in which people can take delight in language. This can be done by reading a new book, or a magazine, newspaper, or even a written blog post. The point isn’t what you read, but that you read in the first place. It’s also a day to increase your vocabulary and learn a new word or take the time to learn more about using grammar properly in all your writing. For teachers, it’s a great day to do fun grammar activities with your students and help set them up for a lifetime of success by helping them improve their communication skills.

When is it?
This year (2024)
March 4 Monday
Next year (2025)
March 4 Tuesday
Last year (2023)
March 4 Saturday
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