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Words Matter Week Is Now Recognized

Words Matter Week, now in its 11th year, has been recognized as a national week.

Words Matter Week will now be listed in the National Day Calendar, which is referenced by many people in the media. The build-up to a national week through news stories, top-of-mind awareness, and much more promotes and builds popularity of the week and what it represents.

Words Matter Week takes place during the first full week of March and coincides with National Grammar Day. The week is designated to stamp out verbal slop and drivel.

Words are the basis for communication, no matter the language spoken. It begins with babies make sounds, which eventually are formed into words.

NAIWE Executive Director April Michelle Davis said, “In every aspect of life, personal or professional, words form the basis of relationships with others. The written word preserves and transmits knowledge, evokes alternate worlds, and provides endless food for thought. Words Matter Week gives us the opportunity to celebrate words and focus on why they matter.”

Annual Blog Challenge

During Words Matter Week, NAIWE hosts a blog challenge. Each day we will post a question. Respond to the question on your blog and then link back to it in the comments of the NAIWE blog. For each challenge you respond to, you will receive one entry (and a bonus entry for each response written on your NAIWE blog). At the end of the week, we will have a drawing, and one person will win access to a 2019 webinar, along with a mention and link in the next newsletter!

Day 1: If you had to eliminate one word or phrase from the English language, what would it be? Why?

Day 2: Writers are artists with words as their medium. What author is your favorite word stylist?

Day 3: What person in your life helped you understand the importance of choosing words carefully? What would you say to them if you met them today?

Day 4: Writers craft words into memorable phrases, stories, poems, and plays. What writers make your heart sing? Why?

Day 5: What word, said or unsaid, has or could change your life? How?

Each day, the blog challenge question will be posted on NAIWE's blog

Spread the Word

Join us in promoting Words Matter Week! You have NAIWE’s permission to reproduce the 2019 Words Matter Week poster on your website, with a link back to this page, and you may also print and display it. Please invite your friends to participate in this year’s event and show your support for Words Matter Week by placing the poster in your newsletter, on your blog, or in your social media. Words really do matter, so let’s spread the reminders!

How to Participate

There are many ways to celebrate the importance of words during Words Matter Week. We’ve listed a few to help you get started (and more ideas can be found on the Words Matter Week website), but we encourage you to get creative and share the message in as many ways as you can (we’d love to hear what you do!).

We encourage you to share #WordsMatterWeek on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, Twitter, and other social networks. Let’s get people talking about words!

Host a word party, and play word games such as Scrabble, Boggle, and Pick Two.

Create an interesting display of books about words, including dictionaries, grammar guides, thesauri, and even etiquette guides.

Host a special storytime with books about words.

Create a special display of word-related books with funny titles such as


  • Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe’s Guide to Better English in Plain English
  • Things That Make Us (Sic): The Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar Takes on Madison Avenue, Hollywood, the White House, and the World
  • Miss Thistlebottom’s Hobgoblins: The Careful Writer’s Guide to the Taboos, Bugbears and Outmoded Rules of English Usage
  • The Elephants of Style: A Trunkload of Tips on the Big Issues and Gray Areas of Contemporary American English

Host a panel of communication experts such as authors, journalists, broadcasters, and others for a discussion of why words matter in the 21st century.

Membership Renewal Discount

In honor of Words Matter Week, NAIWE is offering a discount for new and renewing members!

New members who sign up for auto-renewal can use the code WordsMatter30 to receive $30 off their first year's membership.

Any member, new or renewing, can use code WordsMatter20 to receive $20 off a year's membership.

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