Missouri Journalism Students Conduct Guerrilla Grammar Blitz to Celebrate National Grammar Day

The Effort Calls Attention to Correct Use of Contractions, Subject-Verb Agreement and More

Columbia, Mo. (March 4, 2013) — Missouri School of Journalism students will conduct a guerrilla grammar blitz in celebration of National Grammar Day today, March 4.

Affect vs. Effect
Affect vs. Effect

Members of the Mizzou Chapter of the American Copy Editors Society, as well as students in the introductory and advanced news editing class, magazine editing and Vox and Columbia Missourian staff members will hand out business-size cards with friendly grammar tips across the University of Missouri campus. One stop will take advantage of the busy campus traffic at the Speakers Corner, which is situated near the MU Student Center.

Each of the six cards to be distributed highlights a common grammar problem such as subject-verb agreement and correct use of contractions. Mizzou Chapter ACES members Margaux Henquinet and Tori Trample wrote the texts for the cards. Naif Bartlett, chapter president, led the planning for the event. Design templates are from Vistaprint.com.

This is the first year for the Mizzou Chapter of ACES to participate in National Grammar Day in this way. Associate Professor Maggie Walter serves as the group’s faculty adviser.

“We’re hoping that everyone who receives a Grammar Day tip will be reminded of the value of using correct grammar and also think about their grammar more often, not only on Grammar Day,” Walter said. “It’s a great opportunity to reach out to people with a different approach — a little fun — as to the value of clear communications.”

Your vs. You're
Your vs. You’re

Updated: July 13, 2020

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