Crackerjack Copy Editor shared this quote with me today:
Language, be it remember’d, is not an abstract construction of the learn’d, or of dictionary-makers, but is something arising out of the work, needs, ties, joys, affections, tastes, of long generations of humanity, and has its bases broad and low, close to the ground. Its final decisions are made by the masses, people nearest the concrete, having most to do with actual land and sea. It impermeates all, the Past as well as the Present, and is the grandest triumph of the human intellect.
This quote put me in mind of National Grammar Day, which is this Thursday, March 4. MRP has been proud to be a participating blog since National Grammar Day was founded by our friend Martha Brockenbrough at SPOGG in 2008. This year, our host is none other than GrammarGirl herself, Mignon Fogarty. Check out the new spiffed up Grammar Day website, where you can take a grammar quiz, send a National Grammar Day e-card, and listen to “March Forth,” the grammar song!