National Grammar Day

I must apologize to y’all out there in the Peanut Gallery for forgetting to mention that National Grammar Day was March 4th.  (Get it? March forth, an entire grammatically correct sentence in a date.) But it was a Sunday, and I don’t work on Sundays (except for laundry, cooking, dishes, and sometimes even grocery shopping.)

National Grammar Day was established in 2008 by Martha Brockenbrough, founder of the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar. While some English teachers might celebrate by playing Pin the Apostrophe on the Contraction (a nerdy version of Pin the Tail on the Donkey, a birthday party classic), we will celebrate by giving you official grammarian permission to use either form of the following adverbs:

•       Anyway or Anyways

•       Backward or Backwards

•       Forward or Forwards

Feel free to use them any way you like. (Yes, “any way” would be two words here.)

Examples:

“Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know it, so it goes on flying anyways.”

– Mary Kay Ash, American businesswoman, 1918-2001

“You can’t connect the dots looking forwards; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

– Steve Jobs, American businessman, 1955-2011

My husband Charlie doesn’t use either “backward” or “backwards.” He uses “bass-ackwards.”

So, anyways, happy belated National Grammar Day!

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