24 Haiku In Honor Of National Grammar Day

Hug your editor / for National Grammar Day / They make you look smart.

To celebrate National Grammar Day on March 4, the American Copy Editors Society held a haiku-writing contest on Twitter.

Because grammar — and style and spelling and the like — deserves our complete attention, at least once a year.

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Here are some of our favorites (plus a few from BuzzFeed’s copy editors!):

1. There were haiku about punctuation:


Dear semicolon Our relationship, like your usage, is complex #GrammarDay #haiku

— Heather E. Saunders (@H_E_Saunders)

Exclamation point, Like hot sauce you are spicy Best used sparingly #GrammarDay #MarchForth

— Rhiannon Root (@rhiannonroot)

If you don't use an / Oxford comma, I cannot / be your friend. Sorry. #GrammarDay

— Eileen Youens (@eyouens)

Dashes and commas twixt independent clauses make me want to scream. #GrammarDay #haiku

— David Yontz (@davidyontz)

7. And the myriad difficulties of the English language:

Is it lie or lay? To have lied or to have lain? Why, conjugation? #GrammarDay

— Melody Condon (@melodyediting)

One deer, two deer, three. Haiku is singular and are also plural. #GrammarDay #StiltedHaiku

— Courtney Shove (@ceshove)

9. Some people made word-nerdy quips:

(Nothing lonelier than a parenthetical opened but not closed #GrammarDay #haiku

— allison n. chopin (@allisonchopin)

Proofing too quickly, / the dangling modifier / was carelessly missed #GrammarDay haiku

— Michael Schuler (@Michael_BSEP)

#GrammarDay #haiku Show us on this doll Where the copy editor Punctuated you

— Tom Freeman (@SnoozeInBrief)

Between the "U"s K And S lie sea, tea, dashes, And that last comma #GrammarDay #haiku

— Rory Lewarne (@rorita)

13. Or played with word choice:

Oh, if I were not / in a rare subjunctive mood, / I would wish I were. #grammarday #haiku @copyeditors

— Pam Nelson (@grammarguide)

The lowdown on "loathe": I'm loath to abuse it. I loathe its misuse. #GrammarDay #haiku

— Larry Kunz (@larry_kunz)

15. There were pleas for improvement:

On holiday cards, please make your last name plural, and not possessive. #GrammarDay #haiku

— Courtney Shove (@ceshove)

Tell my English prof Ending with prepositions Has never been wrong. #GrammarDay

— Christina M. Frey (@turntopage2)

"i" before "e" and / STOP HYPHENATING ADVERBS / Forgive my outburst. #GrammarDay #haiku

— Amy Payne (@amympayne)

18. And a little bit of pedantry:

#GrammarDay #haiku "It literally killed me to see him." So you speak now from the grave?

— Michelle Watson (@MichelleWatson)

19. Some reminded us that language evolves:

Languages change like People change: slowly, non-stop, Unpredictably. #GrammarDay

— Stan Carey (@StanCarey)

"But it's not proper!" say pedants and curmudgeons; Grammars, like us, change. #GrammarDay

— Todd Snider (@ToddTheLinguist)

21. And is meant to be enjoyed:

It’s just words, people; “rules” are meant to be played with, twisted, used for fun. #GrammarDay

— Greg Ioannou (@GregIoannou)

Language is a dance, a mating dance for two minds. Keep it passionate. #GrammarDay #haiku

— James Harbeck (@sesquiotic)

23. But most important, remember:

#GrammarDay Copy editors Are the doctors of writing, Curing bad grammar.

— Nehaly Shah (@nms077)

Hug your editor for National Grammar Day. They make you look smart. #GrammarDay #haiku

— Megan Paolone (@meganpaolone)

Looking for more grammar and style fun on Twitter? Follow BuzzFeed’s copy desk @styleguide!

Thumbnail image via Pierre Metivier / Creative Commons


The American Copy Editors Society held the haiku-writing contest. A previous version of this post misstated its name. H/T @andybechtel for the heads-up!

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