In honor of National Grammar Day … it IS “March Fourth” after all … do you have any grammar books? Punctuation? Writing guidelines? Style books?
More importantly, have you read them?
How do you feel about grammar in general? Important? Vital? Unnecessary? Fussy?
The only grammar and punctuation book I own is Lynn Truss’ Eats, Shoots, and Leaves, which revealed to me my personal taste for Oxford commas. It’s a very nice and definitely quick primer, although Truss gets bizarrely depressing in the last chapter. I’ve been meaning to pick up The Elements of Style, but I haven’t had a chance to.
Grammar, of course, is absolutely vital! It’s the very rules we have for speaking in any language. I’m taking a general anthropology class this semester, and we’ve learned about how a pidgin, a halting mix of languages intended to facilitate trade but little else, becomes a creole, an actual, functional language- children who grow up listening and speaking the pidgin develop grammatical rules themselves. In short, grammar makes a language. It’s wildly important.