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Tuesday, 21 April 2015


Greek second century grammarian Apollonius, known as Dyskolos ('Bad-tempered') was the first to reduce Greek syntax to a system. He wrote a treatise On Syntax and shorter works on pronouns, conjunctions, and adverbs.

Latin grammarian and rhetorician Aelius Donatus (c.300-c.399) taught in Rome during the mid fourth century. His treatises on Latin grammar were in the Middle Ages the only textbooks used in schools, so that Donat in western Europe came to mean a 'grammar book.'

The Cathach of St Columba, dating from the early 7th century and possibly written by the saint himself, was maybe the first script to use capitals. To emphasize the beginning of an important passage, the scribes wrote its first letter much larger than the rest of the text and in a grander style.

Until the 1200s grammatical gender existed in English. Eg. The sun was feminine so instead of saying 'the sun' you'd say, 'sēo sunne'

The first grammar of the Spanish language was presented to Queen Isabella I on January 16, 1492.

French Jesuit priest and grammarian Dominique Bouhours died on May 27, 1702. His last words were "I am about to -- or I am going to -- die: either expression is correct."

During his first career as a schoolteacher at the time of the American Revolution, Noah Webster was concerned that most of his students' textbooks came from England. So in 1783 he published his own American text, A Grammatical Institute of the English Language. The "Blue-Backed Speller," as it was popularly known, went on to sell nearly 100 million copies over the next century.

President Harry S. Truman had no middle name - his parents gave him the middle initial S to honor his grandfathers, Anderson Shipp Truman and Solomon Young. Truman didn't use a period after the initial. After he was elected president, the editors of the Chicago Style Manual informed Truman that omitting the period was improper grammar and a bad example for America's youth. From that moment on, the thirty-third president signed his name Harry S. Truman


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