National Speak In Sentences Day

National Speak in Sentences Day is a holiday that encourages everyone to speak in complete sentences to communicate with their fellow humans. It doesn’t matter if they’re speaking to a person, writing a letter or email, or sending a text. Far too often nowadays, it’s common for people to communicate with one another using interjections, acronyms, and sometimes even emoticons.

While there’s nothing wrong with using those forms of written and spoken speech, there are times when it’s appropriate to use proper sentence structure to communicate complex feelings and ideas. So on May 31st, let’s all come together and speak to one another properly—at least for the day.

Some Interesting Facts About The English Language

Since we’re talking about using proper English sentences for this holiday, we thought it would be fun to list some facts that we know about the language. We think that most people will appreciate the following facts.

  • The shortest complete sentence in the English language is “I am.”
  • Speaking of “I,” it is the oldest word in the English language. So are “we,” “two,” and “three.”
  • Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is one of the longest words in the English language.
  • The word “girl” originally wasn’t tied to gender. Instead, it meant a “young person” or “child” of any gender.
  • The word “butterfly” used to be “flutterby.”
  • In the U.S., there are over 24 different English dialects.

Observing National Speak In Sentences Day

Obviously, the purpose of this holiday is to underline the importance of proper sentence structure—both in interpersonal and professional communication. However, that doesn’t mean that other activities can’t be done on this day to celebrate the English language.

People can learn more about proper sentence structure by visiting one of the many grammar blogs and websites on the Internet, and they can use the hashtag #SpeakInSentencesDay on their social media accounts.

When is it?
This year (2024)
May 31 Friday
Next year (2025)
May 31 Saturday
Last year (2023)
May 31 Wednesday
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