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In honor of National Grammar Day … it IS “March Fourth” after all … do you have any grammar books? Punctuation? Writing guidelines? Style books?

More importantly, have you read them?

How do you feel about grammar in general? Important? Vital? Unnecessary? Fussy?


Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!

59 responses

  1. I’m afraid someone will find grammatical errors, but here’s my post anyway.

  2. National Grammar Day – what a fabulous idea! My answer is here.

  3. Lucking readers, my answer was written sans coffee and in a rush. http://www.rundpinne.com/2010/03/booking-through-thursday-grammar.html

  4. I have seen debates on this subject before and only on a community fun site, lol

    http://teawithmarce.blogspot.com/2010/03/booking-through-thursday-grammar.html

  5. Ha! I wrote my post last night, before I knew this was the topic here for today: http://wordlily.com/2010/03/04/national-grammar-day-grammar-books/

  6. I haven’t played in awhile, but I jumped back in today! My answer is here

  7. This was the perfect question to allow me to have my grammatical diatribe. I love proper grammar!

    http://literarilyspeaking1.blogspot.com/2010/03/booking-through-thursday-grammar.html

  8. I love this question. It actually comes up with my friends and I fairly regularly.

    My response is here.

  9. I still wake up at night in a cold sweat from having to read and take quizzes on the AP Style Guide…

    http://nashvillebookworm.wordpress.com/2010/03/04/booking-through-thursday-grammar/

  10. When I am chatting and make a grammar mistake it will stick with me the rest of the day – like an itch. I feel like one of my poor English teachers are rolling over!

    Here’s my answer:
    http://www.bibliobabe.com/

  11. I think you’ve caught our attention with this one! Here is my fussbudget answer: http://www.rosecityreader.com/2010/03/get-it-right.html

    It is almost more than I can do to use “you’ve” — I am trying to make an effort to use contractions in informal writing. So you have an idea of what my answer will be.

  12. Hopefully my response doesn’t leave me looking like a burro.

  13. As a copyeditor, grammar is vital to my existence!

    http://c2rcc.wordpress.com/2010/03/04/btt-national-grammar-day/

  14. Grammar is important.
    My answer is up.🙂

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  16. Whoa, a total pet peeve of mine brought to light! I have several good books to recommend.

    http://mamalibrarian.blogspot.com/2010/03/booking-through-thursday-grammar.html

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  18. Bad grammar makes me [sic]. (I saw that on a t-shirt once and fell in lurve! LOL)

    My BTT is up…better late than never.😀

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  19. Love it! Sorry I’m so late to the game today but here’s my answer: http://carolinebookbinder.blogspot.com/2010/03/booking-through-thursday.html

  20. I am late….and I’ve switched blogs. (it’s my food blog), So before you read my answer, you have to listen to a little food rambling.
    Great question tho!

  21. These questions are always so interesting!

    Yes…I do have some grammar/writing/style books. I’m a writer/editor at work (sometimes!) and I use the Chicago style manual a lot (although I find it so hard to navigate). Every once in a while I find something I didn’t know…and I’m always double-checking things like where punctuation marks fall next to quotation marks, or whether certain words are articles, prepositions or conjunctions when I’m capitalzing words in titles. I’ve also started using dictionary.com a lot, not as much for spelling as for things like checking the true meaning of words or phrases. (Last week, it was ‘fulsome.’)

    I also have The Elements of Style, and a couple of business writing books. I can’t say that I’ve read them, but I do refer to them (so I’ve read bits of them).

    Do I think grammar is important? Absolutely, but I also think it shouldn’t be a straightjacket. I think you can use ‘poor’ grammar in casual speech or writing, and I also think think that stuffy, over-studied grammar is something up with which we should not put (to paraphrase Winston Churchilll, or someone like him).

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