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For Grammar Day, Write a Haiku!

Grammar lovers, it's your time to shine!

Write a haiku for National Grammar Day, March 4th ("march forth") and tweet it to #grammarday. The American Copy Editors Society has amassed a panel of judges which includes our own Nancy Friedman, and deadline for entry is noon on Tuesday March 3rd. (See the complete rules and list of prizes here.)

For inspiration, check out ACES's inspiring words and winning entries from last year:

When we started coupling haiku with grammar on March 4, 2011, we assumed there would be a limit to how many ways one could make a 17-syllable grammatical point. There are now hundreds of submissions in Twitter’s haiku vault, and fresh, funny and clever haiku are submitted each year.

Nancy Friedman (@Fritinancy), a name developer in San Francisco, won the laurels last year with a haiku that combined two grammatical fads: the doge meme and the because x construction:

Wow. Very poem
Amaze syllabifying.
Because #grammarday

Rachel Kamins (@MsKFlax) took second place with this:

Neutral third-person
singular pronoun: I hope
someday we’ll find them.

And for those who note our loose definition of haiku, here is one that more closely follows the traditional form. It’s by Julie Linden (@julieatlife):

Birdseed scattered on
melting snow. Ellipsis points
between winter and spring.

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Tuesday March 3rd 2015, 12:10 AM
Comment by: jyothi N.
I want to enter the competition though I haven't got the hang of Haiku.

Grammar may be a rammer.
But for a non-English speaker a boon. Jyothi
Tuesday March 10th 2015, 12:32 PM
Comment by: Michael Lydon (New York, NY)Visual Thesaurus Contributor
Ah, March 4th!! At my classically-centered high school in Boston, we called March Fourth Exelauno Day, exelauno being the Greek word meaning "to march forth." We celebrated the day with a competition: dedlaiming from memory something from famed Latin or Greek texts--"O tempora, o mores" (Cicero) was a favorite!

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