Words Matter Week

Words Matter Week aims to inform everyone about the one thing that all writers already know: that words actually matter. Observed during the first full week of March, and coinciding with National Grammar Day, this event encourages everyone to take language more seriously.

Words are how we communicate with one another, and they can be used for great good or they can be used for great evil. It all depends on the writer’s or speaker’s motivation and attention to detail. With that being said, let’s all get together and observe this week so all of us can learn to be more responsible with the words we speak and the words we write.

The History of Words Matter Week

Words Matter Week was created by the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (NAIWE) in 2008. This week has been observed by schools, libraries, and other educational institutions ever since then.

Facts About Words

Anyone who is a big fan of words (like we are) is going to want to read the following bullet points. That’s because we’ve gathered together some of the most fun facts about words that we could find.

  • The longest word currently found in a dictionary is 45 letters long. That word is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.
  • ‘Bankrupt’ is a word that comes from the Italian word for “broken bench.”
  • One single piece of confetti is known as a confetto.
  • The word “nudiustertian” means the day before yesterday or very recently.
  • The word “quarantine” comes from the Italian phrase “quarantina giorni,” which means 40 days.

Observing Words Matter Week

There are so many ways to observe this week that we feel it’s almost limiting to try to enumerate them here in this article. But we’ll try to list some of them for everyone’s entertainment.

Some of the ways this week can be observed are by hosting a word party during which people can play word games with one another, playing Wordle by themselves, or by taking a creative writing course.

It’s also a good week to learn a new language or to pen a poem or story. And if all of that isn’t enough, then people can also use the hashtag #WordsMatterWeek to spread their love of grammar, words, and language to everyone on the internet.

When is it?
This year (2024)
March 3 Sunday
Next year (2025)
March 2 Sunday
Last year (2023)
March 5 Sunday
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