Friday is National Grammar Day, an unofficial annual celebration of language and good writing. Teachers, students, authors and editors observe the holiday every March 4 in the United States.
It's a good-natured observance where people share tips about how to improve grammar and jokes about those who struggle. Even the date itself is a grammar joke. "It’s an imperative: March forth on March 4 to speak well, write well and help others do the same," according to the Examiner.
Writing Forward suggests spending your National Grammar Day by looking up grammar tips, browsing themed e-cards or checking out some famous typos.
"It should be a lighthearted day of exploring and learning," Mignon Fogarty, who wrote "Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing," told the Chicago Tribune in 2012. "It's a day to get everyone thinking about language and all its quirks and frustrations and fascinations."
On National Grammar Day 2016, check out a few of the internet's best language jokes, collected from Grammarly, GoodReads and Alpha Dictionary, the last of which includes phrases from Paul Ogden, Doris Britt and Reba Prater:
What’s another name for Santa’s elves? Subordinate Clauses.
To write with a broken pencil is pointless.
— Crashed Culture (@CrashedCulture) December 7, 2015
— Jim Algie (@jim_algie) February 10, 2016
I tried to catch some fog. I mist.
“The rule is: Don’t use commas like a stupid person. I mean it.” ― Lynne Truss
A bicycle can't stand alone; it is two tired.
Grammar joke: you can't run through a campground. You can only ran, because it's past tents. pic.twitter.com/qpiTnLUm27
— AWAI (@AWAI_Online) January 20, 2016
March 4th is Grammar Day. Watch out for objects. pic.twitter.com/WaJFnm2qPI
— Sandra Boynton (@SandyBoynton) March 4, 2016
What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary? A thesaurus.
“It's hard to take someone seriously when they leave you a note saying, 'Your ugly.' My ugly what? The idiot didn't even know the difference between your and you're.” ― Cara Lynn Shultz
A will is a dead giveaway.
— Leah McElrath (@leahmcelrath) January 4, 2016
— Kristy Acevedo (@kristyace) January 3, 2015
“A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the other one.” ― Baltasar Gracián
Sea captains don't like crew cuts.
— Grammarly (@Grammarly) November 29, 2014
— Tanya G. Marshall (@tanyagmarshall) March 1, 2016
Two quotation marks "walk into" a bar.
Every time you make a typo, the errorists win.
What do you say when comforting a crying grammar fan? There, their, they’re.
— Grammar Bomb (@Grammar__Bomb) October 20, 2015
Pft. I'm awake to this grammar joke. Good morning wonderful people pic.twitter.com/xcgyKITq0I
— Monic (@sylee1907) March 8, 2015