Although war has been declared on the passive voice by teachers and writing coaches for decades, the deliberate use of passive voice could be considered a challenging exercise, after all that rigorous training in its avoidance.
A tradition was begun April 27 by Shaun, on (as might be expected) Shaun's Blog, to wit:
"It has again been decided that April 27th will be passive voice day. Fun will be had by everybody as the passive voice is used for tweets, blogs, and casual conversation. The active voice will be frowned upon. The hashtag #passivevoiceday should be used when passive voice is used in social media, so the fun can be shared by all.
Why is this being done? Simple. It’s considered fun. No point is being made. It’s just enjoyed when things are taken to an absurd extreme.
It is hoped we will be joined by you, and that the word will be spread to everybody known."
It is regretted this blogger was unaware of this important event occurring April 27, but there is no law against a repetition of it for our amusement.
Therefore, tomorrow, Saturday, May 19, 2012, has been chosen by this blogger for this historic re-event. It is expected that many entertaining examples will be produced by those of us who can be bothered with the task. It is fervently hoped that the inner passivity of bloggers, tweeters and correspondents everywhere will be unleashed for tomorrow's scribbles only. Any examples deemed appropriate would be most welcome here.
Sunday, it is expected that the active voice will once again be adhered to in all writing. You have been warned.