National Grammar Day is tomorrow
Naturally you will want to tune in for the thrilling conclusion of “GRAMMARNOIR 3: The wages of syntax,” which will be posted tomorrow morning.
And you will want to see what is going on at the official National Grammar Day website.
And because language and intelligent commentary on language are important to you, you will want to know more about the status of Ben Zimmer’s “On Language” column in The New York Times, which was first eighty-sixed, and then, after the outcry became audible on the ramparts where Hugo Lindgren, the editor of the magazine, operates, was put on “hiatus.” If you have not complained about this deeply misguided decision, here are addresses to which you may, and should, write. If you have already written, and are curious what The Times means by “hiatus,” today or tomorrow would be an excellent time to make that language inquiry.
NYT Magazine letters to the editor: email@example.com
NYT Magazine editor Hugo Lindgren: firstname.lastname@example.org
NYT public editor Arthur Brisbane: email@example.com
Beyond that, tomorrow, as always, don’t correct people’s grammar or pronunciation publicly. That’s rude. You’re allowed personal tastes and preferences, but harboring and feeding pet peeves is not healthy. Respect the dialects of English you don’t use yourself. Watch out for shibboleths; they’re everywhere, and they’ll trip you up. Learn a new word every chance you get. Honor and esteem people like Ben Zimmer and Jan Freeman and Mignon Fogarty and the merry band at Language Log and all the others who write about English with intelligence, affection, and force.