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The Return of the Grammar Haiku Contest

National Grammar Day is just around the corner — it falls on Monday, March 4th (march forth, get it?). Among the festivities is the annual Grammar Haiku Contest, overseen by editor Mark Allen. In the contest, verbivores vie for glory by submitting grammar- or usage-based haikus on Twitter. This year, I've been asked to be a judge.

I'm honored to join the panel of esteemed judges, who include:

Larry Kunz was the winner of last year's contest. His winning entry was:

Being a dangler,
Jane knew it would have to come
out of the sentence

(You can see all of the runners-up here.)

Want to take part in this year's competition? Tweet your haiku by 10 p.m. EST Saturday, March 2nd, using the hashtag #GrammarDay. Mark Allen's announcement provides further details. Winners will be announced on the morning of National Grammar Day, Monday, March 4th. In the meantime, you can follow the action on Twitter or via the Storify that Mark has set up to track all submitted haikus.

Make your haiku sing
With the glory of grammar.
Peeving optional.

Update, Mar. 4: Congratulations to Arika Okrent, who won the contest with the following haiku:

I am an error
And I will reveal myself
After you press send

Check out the worthy runners-up on Mark Allen's blog.


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Ben Zimmer is executive editor of Vocabulary.com and the Visual Thesaurus. He is language columnist for The Wall Street Journal and former language columnist for The Boston Globe and The New York Times Magazine. He has worked as editor for American dictionaries at Oxford University Press and as a consultant to the Oxford English Dictionary. In addition to his regular "Word Routes" column here, he contributes to the group weblog Language Log. He is also the chair of the New Words Committee of the American Dialect Society. Click here to read more articles by Ben Zimmer.

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Thursday February 28th 2013, 1:29 PM
Comment by: mac
no need to tweet
i have email
so tweet, away
Thursday February 28th 2013, 1:34 PM
Comment by: mac
january white sale

freudian slips 1/2 off

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