I’ve posted about National Grammar Day before (1, 2), and I do so once again for the same good reason: because it has inspired a brilliant response, in this case by Dennis Baron, “Why is National Grammar Day different from all other days?“:
Today is National Grammar Day, otherwise known as the Feast of Purism. It is the holiest day of the Purist calendar.
It is the day all foolish children ask, why is National Grammar Day different from all other days?
On all other days you tell the foolish child, “It is different because I said so.” But on National Grammar Day, you must make everyone listen to yet another endless retelling of the story of our liberation from the tyranny of prescriptive grammar.
On all other days, the day begins when we wake up. But National Grammar Day begins at sundown of the day before, which is called National Grammar Eve. On National Grammar Eve, we sit down to a special meal and eat our words. […]
It’s a little scattershot (“our liberation from the tyranny of prescriptive grammar” doesn’t really fit with the celebration of prescriptivism that the rest describes), but it’s very funny. A tip of the LanguageHatlo hat to Dave Wilton at Wordorigins.org.