May 4th is a special day for fans of the Star Wars hexalogy. The date has been chosen by fans around the world to correspond to the Jedi motto “May the Force (be with you).
Over the years, celebrations of Star Wars day have gained audiences and a structure. For instance, in 2011 and 2012 has been organised the Intergalactic Star Wars Day in Toronto. It had trivia games, a costume contest and projections of short movies about the Star Wars universe. The proceeds of the event were given to charity.
I have long been a fan of Star Wars and Yoda in particular. It is quite interesting that some people are starting to write the way Yoda speaks which is with a tendency to place the verb at the end of sentences. (A tendency to place the verb at the end of the sentence there is!). My daughter works in quality control and has often told me that she has had to send letters back to the writer (Letters back to the writer are sent) for re-writing.
In fact a number of languages round the world where this happens there are, eg Japanese, German etc. However this is not the case in English. Mr Neville Gwynne has produced a book, 'Gwynne's Grammar', in response to what he sees as the failings in standards of written grammar. He says,
'Grammar is the science of using words rightly, leading to thinking rightly, leading to deciding rightly, without which - as both common sense and experience show - happiness is impossible.Therefore: happiness depends at least partly on good grammar.'
So writes Mr Gwynne in his small, but perfectly formed new book. Mr Gwynne believes passionately that we must regain our knowledge of the lost science of grammar before it is too late.
Formerly a successful businessman, Mr Gwynne has for many years been teaching and tutoring just about every sort of subject to just about every sort of pupil in just about every sort of circumstance. His teaching methods are very much the traditional, common-sense ones, refined over the centuries, that were almost everywhere until they were abolished in the 1960s.
Being disappointed in the standards of grammar he encountered in his pupils, Mr Gwynne, over time, wrote this wonderful, succinct and yet comprehensive little book - because nothing quite as suitable already existed.