Hooters and its ilk are known as “breastaurants.” You’re welcome.
In response, and in honor of National Grammar Day – next Monday, March 4* – I submitted this haiku to Editor Mark’s Tweeted Haiku Contest:
“Step into awesome,”
says Hooters: just more proof
that nounifying’s hot.
So far, mine looks to be the only grammar haiku about a brand. True to my school, I am.
You can play, too: Tweet your haiku before 10 p.m. EST Saturday with the hashtag #grammarday. Complete rules here. Yes, there are prizes!
Here are some other tweeted submissions to this year’s contest:
He said that English / doesn’t have the subjunctive. / Would that it were so.... #grammarday
— ときどきぜんぜん (@tokidokizenzen) February 27, 2013
“I before e” rule / and a warm wind in winter: / lies, all goddamned lies. #grammarday
— Kory Stamper (@KoryStamper) February 27, 2013
The ‘he-him’ method / will defeat your confusion / regarding ‘who-whom.’ #grammarday— Mike McFarland (@mcfarland_mike) February 27, 2013
I am an error/And I will reveal myself/After you press send #grammarday
— Arika Okrent (@arikaokrent) February 27, 2013
That last tweet was promptly followed by:
Make that “send” #grammarday— Arika Okrent (@arikaokrent) February 27, 2013
One more from me:
Dear yoga teacher: / If you say “lay down” once more, / I’ll hurt you. No lie. #grammarday— Nancy Friedman (@Fritinancy) February 27, 2013
UPDATE, March 4: I’m pleased to announce that Arika Okrent’s tweet (above) took top honors in the haiku contest. And I’m surprised and very pleased to report that my yoga-teacher rant placed third. Read all about it.
* March forth!