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 Jun 1, 2020
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 May 18, 2019
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Laura
 Apr 7, 2019
Thank you Grammar Girl!! your podcast is always engaging and very informative; quite often I use what I learn to spark dinner table conversation!! your voice, delivery and enthusiasm are a pleasure to listen to!


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Greg H.
 Sep 7, 2018
I listen to Grammar Girl on my commute to and from work. Mignon is always cheerful and informative. We are the Guardians of the Grammary!

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Grammar Girl is your friendly guide to the English language—writing, history, rules, and cool stuff. We cover punctuation, grammar, style, word histories, idioms, and more. Five-time winner of Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards. QuickandDirtyTips.com

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779 - How You Can Help the OED. Capitalizing 'Black.' How Playwriting Techniques Can Improve Your Writing.
00:14:15
Imagine the bragging rights: The OED needs your help antedating words. Why you should capitalize "Black." How playwriting techniques can improve your writing. Read the transcripts: OED. Black. Playwriting. OED Antedating Link: public.oed.com/appeals/oed-antedatings Use the hashtag #WhereIListen to show me where you listen to the Grammar Girl podcast. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates.  Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Grammar Pop iOS game. Peeve Wars card game. Grammar Girl books. HOST: Mignon Fogarty VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475) Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network. Links:  https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/ https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe http://twitter.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl https://www.slinkedin.com/company/grammar-girl  
Jul 09, 2020
778 - Do We Say 'Red Skies at Night, Sailor's Delight' Because of the Saharan Dust Plumes? Also, 'Yoiks!'
00:14:03
The Saharan dust plumes can make the sky red, but they aren't the source of the old saying "Red skies at night, sailor's delight. Red skies in the morning, sailor take warning." That comes from clouds! Also, we talk about which came first: "yikes" or "yoiks." Read the transcripts: Red Skies. Yoiks. Use the hashtag #WhereIListen to show me where you listen to the Grammar Girl podcast. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates.  Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Grammar Pop iOS game. Peeve Wars card game. Grammar Girl books. HOST: Mignon Fogarty VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475) Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network. Links:  https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/ https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe http://twitter.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl https://www.slinkedin.com/company/grammar-girl  
Jul 02, 2020
777 - How to Write Fight Scenes (and How to Get Started as a Fiction Editor)
00:29:07
Fiction editor Joshua Essoe gives his best tips for writing fight scenes (hint: it's not about the fighting). And he describes how he got his first editing gig, which has led to a solid career as a freelance fiction editor. Get Joshua's book, Essoe's Guides to Writing: Action Sequences. Read the transcript. Use the hashtag #WhereIListen to show me where you listen to the Grammar Girl podcast. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates.  Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Grammar Pop iOS game. Peeve Wars card game. Grammar Girl books. HOST: Mignon Fogarty VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475) Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network. Links:  https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/ https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe http://twitter.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl https://www.slinkedin.com/company/grammar-girl  
Jun 25, 2020
776 - Why a Detective Searched for 'Clews' in a 1929 Novel. ‘Systemic’ or ‘Systematic’?
00:11:59
Our writer was surprised when he came across "clew" instead of "clue" in a detective novel from 1929, and the explanation includes a great story about the origin of the word "clue." Also, people have been wondering about the difference between "systematic" and "systemic." They come from the same root, but have subtle differences in meaning.  Don't get it wrong! Read the transcripts: ‘Clue’ or ‘Clew’? ‘Systemic’ or ‘Systematic’? Use the hashtag #WhereIListen to show me where you listen to the Grammar Girl podcast. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates.  Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Grammar Pop iOS game. Peeve Wars card game. Grammar Girl books. HOST: Mignon Fogarty VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475) Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network. Links:  https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/ https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe http://twitter.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl https://www.slinkedin.com/company/grammar-girl
Jun 18, 2020
775 - Why We Talk About 'Bad Apples.' 'A Few' Versus 'a Couple'
00:11:23
We started to wonder why people seem to forget the second half of the saying about bad apples. Plus, we settle a dispute about the difference between "a couple" and "a few." Read the transcripts: Bad Apples. A Couple and a Few. Use the hashtag #WhereIListen to show me where you listen to the Grammar Girl podcast. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates.  Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Grammar Pop iOS game. Peeve Wars card game. Grammar Girl books. HOST: Mignon Fogarty VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475) Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network. Links:  https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/ https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe http://twitter.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl https://www.slinkedin.com/company/grammar-girl
Jun 11, 2020
774 - Roy Peter Clark on Civic Clarity
00:33:16
Roy Peter Clark has been teaching writing at the Poynter Institute since 1977 and regularly offers up some of the best writing advice I see. Today, we talked about  Writing differently during the pandemic Living up to your duty as a writer to achieve civic clarity Creating his new book, "Murder Your Darlings" Learning that one of his best writing tips (which he shares) is as old as Roman times Being a putter-inner instead of a taker-outter Read the transcript: Roy Peter Clark interview. Use the hashtag #WhereIListen to show me where you listen to the Grammar Girl podcast. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates.  Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Grammar Pop iOS game. Peeve Wars card game. Grammar Girl books. HOST: Mignon Fogarty VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475) Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network. Links:  https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/ https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe http://twitter.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl https://www.slinkedin.com/company/grammar-girl
Jun 04, 2020
773 - Postal Zones. Reenter. Bougie.
00:11:41
How postal zones led to ZIP codes. Why I like to put a hyphen in "re-enter." How "bougie," which today has a negative connotation, came from an older word that meant simply "middle class." Read the transcripts: ZIP Codes. Re-enter. Bougie. Use the hashtag #WhereIListen to show me where you listen to the Grammar Girl podcast. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates.  Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Grammar Pop iOS game. Peeve Wars card game. Grammar Girl books. HOST: Mignon Fogarty VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475) Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network. Links:  https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/ https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe http://twitter.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl
May 28, 2020
772 - The History of ZIP Codes and Addresses (Plus How to Write Them)
00:21:50
If you've ever wondered how to capitalize 'ZIP Code' (or is that 'ZIP code' or 'zip code'?), this one is for you. Plus, I have an interview with Deirdre Mask about this history and importance of addresses in general. It's fascinating! Read the transcripts: ZIP Codes. Deirdre Mask Interview. Links mentioned in the podcast: ESRI Tapestry. Missing Maps. Use the hashtag #WhereIListen to show me where you listen to the Grammar Girl podcast. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates.  Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Grammar Pop iOS game. Peeve Wars card game. Grammar Girl books. HOST: Mignon Fogarty VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475) Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network. Links:  https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/ https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe http://twitter.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl
May 21, 2020
771 - Writing Lessons from Bad Job Applications
00:15:42
Our guest, Lindsay McMahon of the All Ears English podcast, recently hired and now shares the lessons she learned going through a lot of bad résumés and cover letters. Read the transcripts: Dos and Don'ts for Job Applications. Use the hashtag #WhereIListen to show me where you listen to the Grammar Girl podcast. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates.  Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Grammar Pop iOS game. Peeve Wars card game. Grammar Girl books. HOST: Mignon Fogarty VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475) Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network. Links:  https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/ https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe http://twitter.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl
May 14, 2020
770 - 'Muslim' or 'Moslem'? 'Fishfolk'? 'Fishist'? What Is the Gender-Neutral Term for 'Fisherman'?
00:13:20
Why do we use the new spelling "Muslim" and not the older spelling "Moslem" anymore? Also, we talk about AP Stylebook updates and end up on a fun tangent about a gender-neutral term for "fisherman." Read the transcripts: Muslim. AP Style Updates. Fisherman. Use the hashtag #WhereIListen to show me where you listen to the Grammar Girl podcast. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates.  Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Grammar Pop iOS game. Peeve Wars card game. Grammar Girl books. HOST: Mignon Fogarty VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475) Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network. Links:  https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/ https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe http://twitter.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl
May 07, 2020
769 - Why Do We Say 'Cool Your Heels'? What's Up With 'Zhuzh'?
00:18:06
Here's why we say "cool your heels" and "cool your jets"—they're different! Also, we take a close look at the word "zhuzh" which means to make something more interesting or attractive. You may have never seen it spelled before, and there's a reason. Read the transcripts: Cool Your Heels. Zhuzh. Use the hashtag #WhereIListen to show me where you listen to the Grammar Girl podcast. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates.  Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Grammar Pop iOS game. Peeve Wars card game. Grammar Girl books. HOST: Mignon Fogarty VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475) Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network. Links:  https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/ https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe http://twitter.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl
Apr 30, 2020
768 - Why Aren't We 'Whelmed'? And Cabin 'Fever,' Anyone?
00:11:29
We know we can be overwhelmed. Why aren't we ever just whelmed? Also, maybe it was having cabin fever that made us start thinking about all the English idioms that use the word "fever." Read the transcripts: Whelmed. Fever Idioms. Nina Simone video of "Rags and Old Iron." Leave a review on Grammar Girl's Podchaser profile before April 30, 2020, to benefit Meals on Wheels. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates.  Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Grammar Pop iOS game. Peeve Wars card game. Grammar Girl books. HOST: Mignon Fogarty VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475) Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network. Links:  https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/ https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe http://twitter.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl
Apr 23, 2020
767 - The semicolon is so much more interesting than you imagine
00:29:24
From 19th century grammatical duels to modern day suicide prevention campaigns, the semicolon has a long history of inspiring strong emotions. Read the transcript. The Semicolon Profile of Lindley Murray Leave a review on Grammar Girl's Podchaser profile before April 30, 2020, to benefit Meals on Wheels. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates.  Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Grammar Pop iOS game. Peeve Wars card game. Grammar Girl books. HOST: Mignon Fogarty VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475) Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network. Links:  https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/ https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe http://twitter.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl
Apr 16, 2020
766 - 'Flaunt' and 'Flout.' 'Band Together.'
00:11:35
The word "flaunt" and "flute" are strangely related (flue of shame, anyone?), but don't use either of them to mean "flout." Read the transcripts. 'Flout' and 'Flaunt.' 'Band Together.' Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates.  Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Grammar Pop iOS game. Peeve Wars card game. Grammar Girl books. HOST: Mignon Fogarty VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475) Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network. Links:  https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/ https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe http://twitter.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl
Apr 09, 2020
765 - Say No to Marshall Law. How 'Vaccine' Is Related to 'Cow.'
00:09:50
Why you could be forgiven for (briefly) getting excited about "Marshall Law." Plus, the word "vaccine" is related to cows. That's a surprise! Read the transcripts. Martial Law. Vaccine and Vaccination. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates.  Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Grammar Pop iOS game. Peeve Wars card game. Grammar Girl books. HOST: Mignon Fogarty VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475) Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network. Links:  https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/ https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe http://twitter.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl
Apr 02, 2020
764 - Skeleton Crew. Hunker Down. Uncharted. Existential.
00:10:39
Times are terrible, but no matter what is happening, we will always have interesting words and phrases to explore. Read the transcripts. Skeleton Crew. Hunker Down. Uncharted. Existential. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates.  Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Grammar Pop iOS game. Peeve Wars card game. Grammar Girl books. HOST: Mignon Fogarty VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475) Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network. Links:  https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/ https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe http://twitter.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl  
Mar 26, 2020
763 - How to Write Better Email. 'Pandemic' vs. 'Epidemic.' 'Canceled' vs. 'Cancelled.'
00:13:41
Are you writing more email? We have seven ways to do it better. Also, we'll help you understand the difference between an epidemic and a pandemic and when you should use "canceled" versus "cancelled." Read the transcripts. Email. Pandemic. Canceled. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates.  Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Grammar Pop iOS game. Peeve Wars card game. Grammar Girl books. HOST: Mignon Fogarty VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475) Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network. Links:  https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/ https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe http://twitter.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl  
Mar 19, 2020
762 - How to Pronounce 'Celtic.' 'Whiskey' or 'Whisky'?
00:10:58
Sports fans say "Seltik." Historians say "Keltik." Here's the deal. Plus, have you ever noticed that Irish whiskey and Scottish whisky are spelled differently? Read the transcripts. Celtic. Whiskey. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates.  Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Grammar Pop iOS game. Peeve Wars card game. Grammar Girl books. HOST: Mignon Fogarty VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475) Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network. Links:  https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/ https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe http://twitter.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl  
Mar 12, 2020
761 - Why It's Called 'Daylight Saving Time.' The Origin of the Word 'Woman.'
00:14:14
We're moving our clocks forward this weekend, but do you know why we call it "daylight saving time"? Plus, I have some other time-related tips. Finally, in honor of International Women's Day, we look at the surprising origin of the words "woman" and "queen." LINKS AND SPONSORS | Learn how you can get my LinkedIn Learning course free: https://t.co/coQuXJRtrT | Earnest: http://earnest.com/grammar | GRAMMAR GIRL EMAIL NEWSLETTER | https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newsletters | GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME | Optimized for iPad: http://bit.ly/iPadGrammarPop | For iPad and iPhone: http://bit.ly/GrammarPopMobile | PEEVE WARS CARD GAME | https://www.thegamecrafter.com/games/grammar-girl-s-peeve-wars | GRAMMAR GIRL BOOKS | http://bit.ly/GrammarPopBooks | HOST: Mignon Fogarty  | GRAMMAR GIRL IS PART OF THE QUICK AND DIRTY TIPS PODCAST NETWORK | VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475)
Mar 05, 2020
760 - What Is Genre. 'Bangs' Versus 'Fringe.'
00:11:26
How to figure out which genre you love or how to describe the book you're writing so the publishing industry will understand where it fits. Also, we explain how Americans came to call fringe "bangs." LINKS AND SPONSORS | Learn how you can get my LinkedIn Learning course free: https://t.co/coQuXJRtrT | GRAMMAR GIRL EMAIL NEWSLETTER | https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newsletters | GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME | Optimized for iPad: http://bit.ly/iPadGrammarPop | For iPad and iPhone: http://bit.ly/GrammarPopMobile | PEEVE WARS CARD GAME | https://www.thegamecrafter.com/games/grammar-girl-s-peeve-wars | GRAMMAR GIRL BOOKS | http://bit.ly/GrammarPopBooks | HOST: Mignon Fogarty  | GRAMMAR GIRL IS PART OF THE QUICK AND DIRTY TIPS PODCAST NETWORK | VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475)
Feb 27, 2020
759 - What Does ‛Mardi Gras’ Mean? "Drive to Work" Versus "Drive Home"
00:08:34
It’s the end of February, which means Mardi Gras is almost here! When we think of Mardi Gras, we picture parties, parades, and beads. But did you ever wonder what “Mardi Gras” means? Also, we answer a questions about why we need the "to" in "drive to work" but not in "drive home." LINKS AND SPONSORS | Learn how you can get my LinkedIn Learning course free: https://t.co/coQuXJRtrT | GRAMMAR GIRL EMAIL NEWSLETTER | https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newsletters | GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME | Optimized for iPad: http://bit.ly/iPadGrammarPop | For iPad and iPhone: http://bit.ly/GrammarPopMobile | PEEVE WARS CARD GAME | https://www.thegamecrafter.com/games/grammar-girl-s-peeve-wars | GRAMMAR GIRL BOOKS | http://bit.ly/GrammarPopBooks | HOST: Mignon Fogarty  | GRAMMAR GIRL IS PART OF THE QUICK AND DIRTY TIPS PODCAST NETWORK | VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475)
Feb 20, 2020
758 - Why 'XOXO' Means 'Hugs and Kisses'
00:06:18
You may write "XOXO" to means "hugs and kisses," but do you know how those symbols get their meaning?

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Feb 13, 2020
757 - The days of the week are names you've known your whole life, but do you know their origin?
00:09:53
Saturday and Tuesday come from different places. The days of the week are names you've known your whole life, but have you ever wondered about their origin?

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Feb 06, 2020
756 - High Odds or Low Odds?
00:10:18
In this Super-Bowl-themed episode, we learn why "high odds" and "low odds" are confusing, we learn why you want a disinterested referee, and in honor of the Puppy Bowl, we learn when to capitalize breed names.

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Jan 30, 2020
755 - How to Write Anything
00:09:31
Develop this one skill and you'll write better essays, profiles, movie reviews, complaint letters, and more.

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Jan 23, 2020
754 - The Tie Between Ann Landers and 'Could Care Less.'
00:08:13
Language experts actually have theories about why people say they "could care less" (instead of they "couldn't care less"). We dig deep to find the root of the problem.

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Jan 16, 2020
753 - Take Heart! Here's Why You Still Have Time to Write Your First Novel
00:15:58
In this interview, I talk with Bourne Morris about starting a writing career after you've retired. Bourne had one amazing career running a large advertising agency, a second as a journalism professor, and is now the author of four novels including her newest, "A Woman of Two Minds."

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Jan 09, 2020
752 - Why Do Asian Languages Have So Many Different Scripts?
00:06:55
You don’t have to learn a new script when you learn Norwegian, Czech, or Portuguese, let alone French, so why does every East Asian language require you to learn a new script?

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Jan 02, 2020
751 - Why Are There So Many Spellings for 'Hanukkah'? (Or Is That 'Chanukah'?)
00:07:15
Hebrew and English don't use the same alphabet, which is why you see so many different spellings for "Hanukkah." The word is transliterated from Hebrew instead of being directly translated from Hebrew.

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Dec 26, 2019
750 - Pitch Black. Frankincense and Myrrh.
00:09:35
The sky is so dark in the Northern Hemisphere these days that it feels pitch black by 5:00 PM. Here's why call it "pitch black." Also, we know what gold is, but why did the three wise men give gifts of frankincense and myrrh?

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Dec 19, 2019
749 - How to Identify Your Main Point. It's Harder Than You Think!
00:28:20
You think you know what you're trying to say, but are you making it clear? Joel Schwartzberg, author of "Get to the Point" has some great tips for, well, getting to the point.

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Dec 16, 2019
748 - Your Language Affects Your Perception of Time. 'Star Wars' Languages.
00:17:06
Do you think of the future as being in front of you or behind you? It might depend on what language you speak. Also, we explore the many languages of 'Star Wars.'

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Dec 12, 2019
747 - You Don't Have to Get Up on Stage for Improv to Boost Your Creativity
00:34:11
Are you looking for a way to jumpstart your creativity and writing? You may be surprised to find out how much techniques from improv can help! You'll love this interview with Jorjeana Marie, the author of "Improv for Writers."

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Dec 09, 2019
746 - How to Make Family Names Plural. How Come We Ask 'How Come?'
00:14:23
Making last names plural? Addressing more than one sister-in-law? More than one Mister? We show you how to address them properly. Also, we investigate why we sometimes ask "How come?" instead of "Why?"

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Dec 05, 2019
745 - 'More Than' Versus 'Over.' Is a Hamburger a Sandwich?
00:18:13
The AP Stylebook changed its stance on using "over" to mean "more than." Plenty of people were shocked, but they shouldn't have been. And then we debate the linguistics of whether a hamburger is a sandwich.

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Dec 02, 2019
744 - Cold Turkey, Talk Turkey, and More. The Weird Origin of the Cornucopia.
00:13:13
Have you ever wondered what cold turkey has to do with quitting a habit? We have the answer to that and we look at other turkey idioms. And continuing the Thanksgiving theme, we also explore the weird origin of the cornucopia. 

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Nov 28, 2019
743 - How to Get Your Characters Right (Especially When They Aren't Like You)
00:31:34
In this interview, Diana Pho, a two-time Hugo nominated editor with Tor.com Publishing, helped me understand the role of sensitivity readers and how to write a diverse cast of characters without completely screwing it up.

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Nov 25, 2019
742 - Famous Quotations. Silent Letters.
00:16:14
You may think that quotation you love came from Plato or G. K. Chesterton, but are you sure? Also, we look at why it's tricky to to figure out why a letter is silent in certain words.

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Nov 21, 2019
741 - Behind the Scenes in Publishing.
00:21:28
If you're interested in publishing a YA novel (or are just interested in how publishing works), this interview with Kat Brzozowski about Swoon Reads and what happens behind the scenes is for you.

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Nov 18, 2019
740 - Do You Know When to Use Quotation Marks? Also, How to Create a House Style.
00:16:48
Do you know when to use quotation marks? How about single quotation marks? Also, you know about the major style guides (AP, Chicago, etc.), but do you also have your own house style guide? Here's why you should!

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Nov 15, 2019
739 - The Problem with Sarcasm. Filthy Lucre.
00:15:26
People have been trying to create sarcasm punctuation marks for years, but the solution is already in our hands. Plus, have you ever wondered why we call money "filthy lucre"? We did!

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Nov 11, 2019
738 - Can a Boy Raised by Wolves Learn to Speak Human Language? It Depends.
00:14:28
The story of Victor of Aveyron, a boy who was raised by wolves and taught us about language.

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Nov 07, 2019
737 - Curtis Chen: Using NaNoWriMo to Kickstart Your Novel
00:35:11
How you can use NaNoWriMo to jumpstart your fiction writing. Plus, more extreme measures to move your writing forward...if you're up for it.

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Nov 04, 2019
736 - Ghastly Words for Ghosts. Quid pro Quo.
00:15:57
In honor of Halloween, we look at ghastly words for ghosts. Also, people have been asking how to properly use the phrase "quid pro quo," so we have the answer. (Do you know the plural?)

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Oct 31, 2019
735 - Dave Itzkoff on Writing a Biography of Robin Williams
00:35:59
 

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Oct 28, 2019
734 - Ghost Words
00:12:37
In honor of Halloween, we talk about ghost words such as "phantomnation," "gravy," "twill," and more. Words that shouldn't exist.

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Oct 24, 2019
733 - Why People Hate Words Like 'Moist'
00:25:34
When people have a negative physical reaction to a specific word, it's called word aversion (not misophonia as some people mistakenly presume). "Moist," "pustule," and "panties" are just a few of the words that come up over and over. In this episode, I talk with a psychologist to see what we know about these kinds of feelings.

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Oct 21, 2019
732 - How to Write a Conclusion. ‘Rebut’ or ‘Refute’?
00:10:55
Writing a conclusion can be the hardest part of writing an essay. We have help! Also, a listener asked me to explain the difference between "rebut" and "refute."

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Oct 17, 2019
731 - Compound Possession. 'Friday' or 'On Friday'?
00:13:56
In this show, we answer two listener questions: 1. Should you write about "Bill and Ted's trip" or "Bill's and Ted's trip"? 2. Should you say you'll listen "Tuesday" or "on Tuesday"?

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Oct 14, 2019
730 - Turning a Podcast into a Novel: 'The Bright Sessions' to 'The Infinite Noise'
00:33:51
Lauren Shippen, the creator of one of my new favorite audio dramas, "The Bright Sessions," talks about turning a podcast into a novel and about going from working alone to working on multiple projects and managing whole teams.

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Oct 10, 2019
729 - Making Words That End in Y Plural.'Primer' Pronunciation.
00:12:05
If you've ever wondered why "primer" is sometimes pronounced "primmer," this show is for you! We also talk about why you make words that end in Y plural in different ways.

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Oct 07, 2019
728 - How English Words Came Into French After World War II
00:18:59
French authorities tried to keep English out of their language, but “tank,” “bulldozer,” and “jeep” got the ball rolling, and it kept going from there.

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Oct 03, 2019
727 - The Quirky Australian 'Crime' Tense. 'Hopefully.'
00:17:19
A listener asked why Australians use the present perfect tense in a way you won't hear in British or American English. You'll often hear it in crime reports or on the radio. Also, we look at a slightly controversial use of the word "hopefully."

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Sep 30, 2019
726 - A Cup of Joe. ‘Smokey’ and ‘Smoky.’
00:14:03
In honor of National Coffee Day, we talk about the origin of coffee and all its nicknames. Plus, I'll help you remember the difference between "smoky" and "smokey" with a little help from Smokey Bear.

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Sep 26, 2019
725 - Interviewing, Story Structure, and Writing Tools with Jonathan Small
00:38:48
If you've ever been nervous before interviewing someone, struggled to write a good lede, or just want to get some tips on handy tools for writers, this interview with Jonathan Small is for you.

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Sep 23, 2019
724 - Why Esperanto Is an Amazing Language. 'Fall' or 'Autumn'?
00:13:18
Created on purpose and easy to learn, Esperanto will amaze you. Once you learn the origin of "fall," you'll look at trees in a whole new way.

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Sep 19, 2019
723 - Grammar Girl #723. Tips for Fact Checking. Why We Use the Term 'Watershed Moment.'
00:13:49
Learn from our fact checking tips that come from years of experience. Also, we answer a listener question about why we call something a "watershed moment."

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Sep 16, 2019
722 - 'Math' or 'Maths'? Irregular Verbs.
00:16:51
Have you ever wondered why the British say "maths" and "in hospital" and Americans say "math" and "in the hospital"? We have some answers. Also, we look at why the most common verbs tend to be irregular. 

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Sep 12, 2019
721 - Verbing Nouns. 'It Is I' or 'It Is Me'?
00:14:05
Alan wonders what to think about his co-workers "solutioning" problems. Also, we investigate whether you should tell people "It is I" or "It is me."

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Sep 09, 2019
720 - Getting Your Tricky Conditionals Right. Wheelhouse.
00:17:00
We think there are better ways to talk about conditionals (such as "If Squiggly knew the answer...") than to use the vague terms first, second, and third conditionals. Also we look at why people talk about things being "in their wheelhouse." 

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Sep 05, 2019
719 - Why 'Literally' Doesn't Mean 'Literally' Anymore. Video Games for Language Learning.
00:18:58
If you hate how people misuse words like "literally" and "awesome," at least you can learn that there's a name for that kind of misuse: semantic bleaching. Also, have you ever considered using World of Warcraft or Final Fantasy XIV to learn a language? Research says maybe you should!

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Sep 02, 2019
718 - Writing Scripts and Speeches. Ask and Aks.
00:16:43
Writing for speech is different from writing for print. The "aks" pronunciation for "ask" has a nearly 1000-year history.

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Aug 29, 2019
717 - Words that Sound Funny
00:14:13
Use these tricks to get a laugh.

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Aug 26, 2019
716 - What's Up With Words That Are Spelled the Same but Sound Different?
00:13:54
SUS-pect and sus-PECT. IN-valid and in-VALID. English is filled with words that are spelled the same but sound different. We dug in and found a few interesting reasons.

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Aug 23, 2019
715 - POV. Plus 'Tinderella,' 'phubbing,' and more words at the intersection of relationships and technology.
00:16:52
We rock. You rock. They rock. Understanding point of view in fiction. "Tinderella," "phubbing," and more words at the intersection of relationships and technology.

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Aug 19, 2019
714 - Eponyms: Cardigan, Dunce, Quisling, and More.
00:18:56
Some words get their names from people, and when they do, the stories are usually fascinating.

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Aug 16, 2019
713 - More Apostrophe Mayhem. Dyslexia Writing Tips
00:18:51
One of the most common questions I get is how to make a word like "Kansas" possessive. There isn't a right or wrong answer, but I can help you decide which is best for you. Also, we have tips on how to make your work easier to read for people with dyslexia.

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Aug 12, 2019
712 - Apostrophe Catastrophe. What (or Who) Is a Cipher?
00:17:27
It's not your fault apostrophes are confusing. We have help. Also, I called someone a "cipher," and my husband didn't know what that meant.

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Aug 08, 2019
711 - Misheard Song Lyrics and Eggcorns. The Ampersand.
00:25:23
When you mishear song lyrics, the resulting (often funny) error is called a mondegreen. We have the story about why and the run-down on similar funny errors. Also, did you know the ampersand used to be the last "letter" in the alphabet?

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Aug 05, 2019
710 - Vacay. Why Some People Call Green Peppers 'Mangoes'
00:14:42
It's time to take off, and we have 10 words to describe it. Also, we dig in to an interesting mystery: Why some people call green peppers "mangoes."

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Aug 01, 2019
709 - Surprise! The History of Semicolons Is Exciting.
00:31:45
I talked with Cecelia Watson, author of the new book "Semicolon" about how grammar writers in the 1800s became fabulously wealthy, struggled to create rules, and had vicious arguments; and we talked about how researching the book changed her approach to teaching writing and a whole bunch more.

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Jul 29, 2019
708 - Why Alcohol Is 'Hard.' 'Phenomena' or 'Phenomenon'?
00:14:28
A listener asked why we call some kinds of alcohol hard drinks and spirits, so we found the answer! Also, I'll help you remember the difference between "phenomenon" and "phenomena."

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Jul 25, 2019
707 - How and Why the Internet Is Changing Language
00:32:27
Gretchen McCulloch studies how people use language on the internet, and today we talked about her new book, "Because Internet." I bet you'll recognize yourself or your friends in her insights. I did!

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Jul 22, 2019
706 - Sometimes It's Not a Bad Idea to Dumb Down Your Language.
00:12:08
Why sometimes it's not a bad idea to dumb down your language.

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Jul 18, 2019
705 - 'Blue Collar,' 'Bluestocking,' and 'the Blue Hair Brigade.' 'Oral' Versus 'Verbal.'
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We talk about the origins of the phrases "blue collar," "bluestocking," and "blue hair," and discuss whether you should follow a rule you may not have even heard before: Don't use "verbal" to mean "spoken."

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Jul 16, 2019
704 - Present Tense When Writing About Fiction. The Poop Emoji and Eggcorns.
00:10:40
If you're writing about fiction, especially time-shifting fiction, it can be tricky figuring out whether to use present tense or past tense. We have help! Also, I answer a listener question about a funny mix up about the poop emoji.

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Jul 11, 2019
703 - Why There Are 9 Different Ways to Pronounce the Letter T
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We count nine different allophones of the letter T. Odds are good you'll recognize them all (and some of them may annoy you).

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Jul 08, 2019
702 - ‘All of a Sudden’ or ‘All of the Sudden’? ‘Baited’ or ‘Bated’ Breath?
00:10:56
I had a listener insist the wrong way of saying "suddenly" was right, so I had to look into it. Also, I'll help you spell "bated breath" properly (and explain why it looks so weird).

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Jul 04, 2019
701 - ‘Biweekly’ or ‘Semiweekly’? ‘Foward' and ‘Forward.’
00:11:06
Today I have a Quick and Dirty Tip about the difference between “biweekly” and “semiweekly,” and I respond to a listener question about why I pronounce “forward” without the R.

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Jul 01, 2019
700 - When to Capitalize 'Google.' Why Zero is 'Love' in Tennis.
00:11:03
Today I answer a listener question about how to write "Google" when you use it as a verb, and we talk about the strange scoring system in tennis. Wimbledon is upon us! 

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Jun 27, 2019
699 - When to Capitalize Computer Terms. StetWalk
00:08:06
Today I answer listener questions about how to write about a Word document, a PDF file, or a zip file. And learn how to play along with #StetWalk!

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Jun 24, 2019
698 - 'Subpoena.' When To Capitalize 'The' in Titles.
00:06:37
I could never remember how to spell "subpoena" until I came up with a memory trick! Also, we go over the tricky cases of when to capitalize the word "the" in titles such as The New York Times and The Chicago Manual of Style. Sometimes you do, and sometimes you don't.

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Jun 20, 2019
697 - What Anyone Can Learn From the College Essay Process
00:28:37
Even if you're not applying to college right now, the format of the college essay has a lot to teach about writing and self-reflection. A college essay can be an exploratory journey that ends up being about much more than getting into college. College Essay Guy, Ethan Sawyer, talks about how he helps students find their story.

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Jun 17, 2019
696 - Hyphens in Ages. The Emphatic 'This.'
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We talk about when to use (and not use) hyphens in ages, and when it's OK to say, "I listen to THIS podcast that covers language" instead of "I listen to A podcast that covers language."

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Jun 13, 2019
695 - 'Armageddon' or 'Apocalypse'? Numbers in Dialogue.
00:13:58
Watching the new show "Good Omens," we started wondering about the difference between Armageddon and the apocalypse. Also after helping a friend with an editing dispute about numbers in dialogue, we wanted to pass on some advice about style guides and editing.

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Jun 10, 2019
694 - Country Names and “The”: The Ukraine or Ukraine. Theater Idioms.
00:16:30
You used to hear people say "the Ukraine," but now it's just "Ukraine." We know why! Plus, in honor of the Tony Awards, we talk about idioms from the theater.

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Jun 06, 2019
693 - What's Wrong with Saying Something Is 'Very Unique'?
00:19:25
What's wrong with saying something is "very unique"? Plus, autological words like "longer."

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Jun 04, 2019
692 - Godzilla, Cryptids, and Dilemma Comments.
00:11:28
Merriam-Webster added the word “cryptid” to its dictionary, and “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” is hitting theaters, so it seemed like a good time to talk about a few monster words and to answer an important question: Is Godzilla a cryptid?

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May 30, 2019
691 - BONUS: Introducing Science Rules! with Bill Nye
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Bill Nye is on a mission to change the world—one phone call at a time. On his new podcast, Science Rules!, he tackles the curliest questions on just about anything in the universe. Perhaps you’ve wondered: Should I stop eating cheeseburgers to combat climate change? How often should I really be washing my pillowcase? Can I harvest energy from all those static-electricity shocks I get in the winter? Science Rules! is out NOW—find it in your favorite podcast app.

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May 27, 2019
690 - The Spelling Bee Kids
00:22:46
The author of "Beeline" reveals where those funny example sentences come from in the spelling bee and what the success of young spellers can tell us about Generation Z.

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May 23, 2019
689 - More or most? Majority or plurality? The many (how many?) ways to describe amounts.
00:09:05
How many do you need for a "majority." When "a couple" isn't two. And more.

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May 20, 2019
688 - Dangling Participles
00:09:38
What are participles and why do they dangle? 

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May 16, 2019
687 - What It's Like to Be a Book Editor and Translator
00:17:44
Palgrave Macmillan executive editor Elisabeth Dyssegaard is from Denmark and also works as a translator.

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May 13, 2019
686 - The 'Dilemma' Dilemma. 'Big Bang Theory" Words and Language.
00:16:42
The 'Dilemma' Dilemma. 'Big Bang Theory" Words and Language.

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May 09, 2019
685 - How to Find Work as a Freelance Writer. Adventure.
00:18:23
Tips for new graduates or anyone who is trying to get started as a freelance writer. Plus, the adventurous origin of the word "adventure."

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May 06, 2019
684 - ‘Unquote’ or ‘End Quote’? Cinco de Mayo. Horse Idioms.
00:14:00
Today we have a couple of fun, timely segments (Cinco de Mayo! The Kentucky Derby!) and we answer a listener question about whether Grammar Girl is misspeaking.

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May 02, 2019
683 - ‘So’ and ‘So That’: What Type of Conjunction Are They?
00:24:16
‘So’ and ‘So That’: Coordinating or Subordinating Conjunction? 

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Apr 29, 2019
682 - Do You Drop Your T's? 'Sneaked' and 'Snuck.'
00:17:27
Young women are leading language change again! This time, it's dropping T's in words like "Vermont" and "important." Also, we look at how "snuck" is sneaking up on "sneaked."

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Apr 25, 2019
681 - 'The Dictionary of Difficult Words,' an Interview with Jane Solomon
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Doppelganger, estival, and funambulist. Jane Solomon shares the story behind her new book, "The Dictionary of Difficult Words." FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL | YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/grammargirl |Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl | Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl | Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl | Instagram: http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl | LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl | LINKS AND SPONSORS | Song Salad Podcast | http://calm.com/grammar | Aspiration App | Grammar Girl's AP style webinar: https://www.ragan.com/rd/Z19TC02-MACMIL | GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME | Optimized for iPad: http://bit.ly/GrammarPopiPad | For iPad and iPhone: http://bit.ly/GrammarPop | GRAMMAR GIRL BOOKS | http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl-book-page | GRAMMAR GIRL IS PART OF THE QUICK AND DIRTY TIPS PODCAST NETWORK | VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL

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Apr 22, 2019
680 - Wakandan, Groot, and Other Languages of the Marvel Universe. Easter and Passover.
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Apr 18, 2019
679 - Brussels sprouts? Scotch eggs? Swedish meatballs? Which food names can you trust?
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Apr 15, 2019
678 - Moolah, Clams, and Scratch. God, Godsend, and Godfather.
00:18:03
Apr 11, 2019
677 - BONUS: LeVar Burton Reads
00:04:25
Apr 08, 2019
676 - The Language of 'Game of Thrones'
00:13:42
Apr 04, 2019
675 - Why Verbs Like 'Witness' Are Weird
00:18:05
Apr 01, 2019
674 - How You Can Benefit Year-Round from NaNoWriMo
00:20:24
Mar 28, 2019
673 - Schwa-ify This! Scrabble Stories
00:16:03
Mar 25, 2019
672 - How a Semicolon Brought Two Writers Together
00:23:59
Mar 21, 2019
671 - Why We Have Both 'Color' and 'Colour'
00:07:46
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Mar 18, 2019
670 - Equinox. Is Irish the Same as Gaelic?
00:16:01
Mar 14, 2019
669 - 'Red Tape,' 'Red Herring,' 'Paint the Town Red,' and More 'Red' Idioms.
00:12:31
Mar 11, 2019
668 - What's Wrong with 'These Ones'? Faith and Begorrah, We Have Irish Phrases for St. Patrick's Day!
00:14:19
Mar 07, 2019
667 - Why ducks say "quack-quack" in English but "ga-ga" in Japanese.
00:09:28
Mar 04, 2019
666 - Double Negatives.
00:11:44
Feb 28, 2019
665 - Language News Chat
00:35:51
Feb 25, 2019
664 - Benjamin Dreyer and His Unusual Pet Peeves
00:38:17
Feb 21, 2019
663 - D-Day. Why I Want a Salad-Salad.
00:14:52
Feb 18, 2019
662 - Never Misspell 'Bureaucracy' Again.
00:18:48
Feb 14, 2019
661 - How Paula Brackston picks her characters’ names and uses language to set a tone.
00:23:54
Feb 11, 2019
660 - 'Irregardless' or 'Regardless'? Crime Words.
00:18:32
Feb 07, 2019
659 - Normans, Ralls, and Voicemail
00:03:48
Feb 04, 2019
658 - 'Wage,' 'Wager,' and 'Wed'
00:15:10
Jan 31, 2019
657 - 'Tip of the Hat" or 'Tip Your Hand'? 'Yeah No.'
00:19:53
Jan 24, 2019
656 - ‘Relapse’ or ‘Recur’? 'Kneeled' or 'Knelt.' ’Methinks.’
00:13:22
Jan 17, 2019
655 - ‘Myriad’ or ‘Myriad Of’? What Is a Run-On Sentence?
00:13:02
Jan 10, 2019
654 - 'Stint' or 'Stent'? How to Pronounce 'Coyote.'
00:17:53
Jan 03, 2019
653 - How to Use an Asterisk. Journaling.
00:12:31
Dec 27, 2018
652 - ‘Purposely' or 'Purposefully'? Yule.
00:12:10
Dec 20, 2018
651 - 'Capitulate' or 'Recapitulate'? Colons.
00:12:56
Dec 13, 2018
650 - 'Wreaked' or 'Wrought'? 'Crescendo.' Could We Understand Aliens?
00:15:29
Dec 06, 2018
649 - 'Ado' or 'Adieu'? Pronouns and Antecedents
00:15:42
Nov 29, 2018
648 - Does Your Language Influence How You Think?
00:24:31
Nov 22, 2018
647 - Pronoun Order. ‘Flier’ or ‘Flyer.’ The Plural of ‘Mouse.’
00:13:04
Nov 15, 2018
646 - 'Blond' or 'Blonde'? How 'Trolloping' Became a Word.
00:16:17
Nov 08, 2018
645 - Interview with New York Times bestselling author Courtney Summers
00:17:28
Nov 01, 2018
644 - 'Sit' or 'Set'? Monster Names.
00:09:24
Oct 25, 2018
643 - ‘In the Limelight.’ ‘A’ or ‘An’?
00:14:15
Oct 18, 2018
642 - 'Regard' Versus 'Regards.' Languages Without Numbers.
00:15:54
Oct 11, 2018
641 - 'Myself.' ‘Get the Skinny.’
00:17:37
Oct 04, 2018
640 - Can a Screw Screw Itself into a Board? (Middle Voice)
00:19:10
Sep 27, 2018
639 - Great Paragraphs. Falling off the Turnip Truck.
00:10:33
Sep 20, 2018
638 - 'None.' How Pirates Talked.
00:12:15
Sep 13, 2018
637 - ‘MacGyver.’ ‘Semicolons.’
00:10:37
Sep 06, 2018
636 - 'To Boot.' Duck Tape. 'Can' and 'May.' Pronouns.
00:16:46
Aug 30, 2018
635 - 'Quick and Dirty.' 'Momentarily.' Short Subjects.
00:13:52
Aug 24, 2018
634 - 'Rack' or 'Wrack'? How to Eliminate Adverbs.
00:09:14
Aug 16, 2018
BONUS: Words for Color
00:11:17
Aug 14, 2018
633 - Is That Comment Facetious, Sarcastic, or Sardonic? Cleft Sentences.
00:15:44
Aug 09, 2018
632 - 'Ask' as a Noun. Ships as 'She.'
00:13:34
Aug 02, 2018
631 - Anniversaries. Conversate.
00:15:11
Jul 26, 2018
630 - Who Wrote the ABC Song? Shark Idioms!
00:13:15
Jul 19, 2018
629 - 'Gourmet' or 'Gourmand'? Why July 14 Is Called Bastille Day.
00:13:06
Jul 12, 2018
628 - Why 'Bag' and 'Beg' Sound the same to some people? Does 'Texas' Mean 'Crazy'?
00:14:24
Jul 05, 2018
627 - How to Write a Great Cover Letter. 'Kinda' and 'Wanna': Real Words or Not?
00:13:01
Jun 28, 2018
626 - ‘Aggravate’ Versus ‘Irritate’ What Is a Functional Shift?
00:10:09
Jun 21, 2018
625 - ‘Dinner’ or ‘Supper’? How to Write a Thank-You Note
00:15:15
Jun 14, 2018
624 - ‘Trooper’ and ‘Trouper.” Why Is It Called a Spelling Bee?
00:12:11
Jun 07, 2018
623 - 'Calvary' or 'Cavalry'? Spelling Bee Interview.
00:20:06
If you have trouble remembering how to pronounce "cavalry," I have a memory trick for you. Plus, if you love the spelling bee (or are just curious about how it works), I have a great interview with Paige Kimble, the executive director of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

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May 31, 2018
622 - Is a Troop One Person or a Group? Repetition
00:15:50
Is a troop one person or a group, and what's up with obviously repetitive phrases such as "It is what it is"?

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May 24, 2018
621 - ‘Council’ or ‘Counsel’? Direct and Indirect Quotations. Oxymorons.
00:11:21
People have been confusing "council" and "counsel" since the 16th century. Sometimes you put single words such as "yes" and "no" in quotation marks, and sometimes you don't. We investigate three weird oxymorons: "bridegroom," "spendthrift," and "fail-safe."

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May 17, 2018
620 - When to Capitalize 'Mom.' In the Doldrums.
00:16:41
Whether you capitalize "mom" depends on how you are using the word, and did you know that "the doldrums" are an actual location? 

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May 10, 2018
619 - Co-worker. Barefaced and Baldfaced Lies. Mixed Metaphors.
00:13:22
Co-worker. Barefaced and Baldfaced Lies. Mixed Metaphors.

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May 03, 2018
618 - Jazz and Thunder. Say Your Piece (or Peace)?
00:13:21
Apr 26, 2018
617 - 'Lay' and 'Lie.' 'Grill' and 'Grille.' 'Warsh.'
00:12:14
This week, we talk about why people say "warsh" instead of "wash"(it's called in the intrusive R), about why we have two spellings for the word that sounds like "grill," and how to remember the difference between "lay" and "lie." FOLLOW ALONG ON THE WEBSITE 'Lay' and 'Lie' http://bit.ly/layLie 'Grill' and 'Grille' http://bit.ly/grill-grille 'Warsh' http://bit.ly/wash-warsh FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl Instagram: http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl SPONSORS http://juicebeauty.com/grammar (use the promo code Grammar20) http://mrclean.com/grammargirl GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME Optimized for iPad: http://bit.ly/GrammarPopiPad For iPad and iPhone: http://bit.ly/GrammarPop GRAMMAR GIRL BOOKS http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl-book-page

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Apr 19, 2018
616 - The Prodigal Tongue. Odoriferous. Battle Royale.
00:20:43
Apr 12, 2018
615 - Humor with Adverbs. Noisome. Receipts. Case Quarters.
00:18:46
Apr 05, 2018
614 - Illeism. Named For or After? Misinformation and Disinformation.
00:16:08
Mar 29, 2018
613 - Dictionary.com Starts Defining Emoji (an interview with Jane Solomon)
00:29:57
Mar 22, 2018
612 - The Pin/Pen Merger. American. 'Half-Staff' or 'Half-Mast'?
00:20:55
Mar 16, 2018
611 - Pudding. "There Are" Sentences. Winning Limerick
00:13:48
Mar 08, 2018
610 - Top 10 Grammar Myths. How 13 Dog Breeds Got Their Names.
00:14:32
Mar 02, 2018
609 - Pull Idioms. Surprising Food Names. Dillydally.
00:13:53
Feb 22, 2018
608 - Dilly Dilly. How Many Prepositions Can You Put in a Row?
00:15:44
Feb 15, 2018
607 - Brainstorming. Call Out Sick? Synesis.
00:14:49
Feb 08, 2018
606 - Levidromes, Tom Swifty Jokes, and new OED Words.
00:13:25
Feb 01, 2018
605 - A Homophone Error at the SAG Awards. Lectern or Podium? Capitalizing Award Names
00:13:48
Jan 25, 2018
BONUS: Introducing Launch
00:14:38
Jan 22, 2018
604 - Origin of 'Gerrymandering.' Is 'Data' Singular or Plural?
00:11:21
Jan 18, 2018
603 - Words of the Year, Why You Shouldn't Use 'Eskimo,' 'Canon' or 'Cannon'?
00:15:29
Jan 11, 2018
602 - I'm Chuffed.
00:05:15
Jan 04, 2018
601 - 'Based In' or 'Based Out Of.' Omitting 'That'
00:17:53
Dec 28, 2017
600 - How to Pronounce 'Caramel.' Sports Idioms
00:11:00
Dec 21, 2017
599 - Delicious English Words (Chocolate, Guacamole) with Aztec Roots
00:10:43
Dec 14, 2017
598 - Gifting and Regifting. Take a Decision.
00:11:02
Dec 08, 2017
597 - Eskimo Words for Snow. Write a Book!
00:18:13
Nov 30, 2017
596 - Why Businesses Are Called Houses. Why We Call It "Black Friday."
00:16:57
Nov 23, 2017
595 - 'Side' Words. What Is a Bailiwick?
00:12:40
Nov 16, 2017
594 - The Plural of 'Batman.' Why Smart People Struggle with Shakespeare Too.
00:18:38
Nov 09, 2017
593 - The Origin of English: Proto-Indo-European.
00:18:51
Nov 02, 2017
592 - "Sofa" or "Couch"? "Skeleton" Idioms.
00:14:48
Oct 26, 2017
591 - 'Cannot' or 'Can Not'? 'Dead' Idioms.
00:14:22
Oct 19, 2017
590 - How to Write an Apology
00:10:27
Oct 12, 2017
589 - The "Ruth's Chris" Apostrophe. Thingamajigs.
00:13:36
Oct 05, 2017
588 - Why People Mimic Accents. Why People "Have Your Six."
00:13:00
Sep 28, 2017
587 - More British & American Differences. Quotation Marks with Periods and Commas
00:13:26
Sep 21, 2017
586 - UK and US English. 'Bad' or 'Badly'?
00:17:57
Sep 15, 2017
585 GG. Rainy Idioms. "Because," "Due To," "Since," and "As"
00:14:31
Sep 07, 2017
584 GG. Pipe Dream. Comma Before a Quotation.
00:13:47
Sep 01, 2017
583 GG Important or Importantly? Time Traveler Words
00:08:31
Aug 25, 2017
582 GG. How to Use Quotations. Stop Calling Yourself a Grammar Nazi
00:14:16
Aug 17, 2017
581 GG. Riffle and Rifle. Worcestershire Sauce.
00:10:27
Aug 10, 2017
580 GG. Introductory Paragraphs. One of The...
00:15:01
Aug 03, 2017
579 GG Language Games. Jerry-Built. And Female Juniors
00:09:02
Jul 27, 2017
578 GG Words from Obsolete Technology
00:09:53
Jul 20, 2017
577 GG The Trump Jr. Punctuation Kerfuffle. Generation Names.
00:12:18
Jul 13, 2017
576 GG Critique or Criticize? Games Like Pig Latin
00:12:55
Jul 06, 2017
575 GG Gestures. Elbow Grease. Capitalizing Directions.
00:16:08
Jun 29, 2017
574 GG Commas with Transition Words. Double Whammy.
00:09:21
Jun 22, 2017
573 GG Until, Till, and 'Til. Dad Jokes.
00:14:12
Jun 15, 2017
572 GG Themself. Comma Splices.
00:14:23
You've finally accepted that it's OK to use the singular 'they'--sometimes--but now you have to decide whether to use 'themself' or 'themselves.' Don't worry, the new Chicago Manual of Style has you covered, and we talk about it today. Also, I've been getting complaints about comma splices, so it's time for a refresher. Read the transcript at http://bit.ly/2ramGjn Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows: www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl Snapchat: http://snapchat.com/add/thatgrammargirl Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl Instagram: http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl GET GRAMMAR GIRL BOOKS http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl-book-page SHOPPING AT AMAZON ANYWAY? USE OUR AFFILIATE LINK AND HELP THE SHOW! http://quickanddirtytips.com/amazon TAKE OUR PODCAST LISTENER SURVEY http://podsurvey.com/GRAMMAR Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network.

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Jun 08, 2017
571 GG Lego or Legos? Why English Spelling Reform Is Doomed.
00:26:24
Jun 01, 2017
570 GG Burned or Burnt? Why English Spelling Is a Mess.
00:14:34
May 26, 2017
569 GG. Explain vs. Explanation. How to Outline.
00:12:23
May 18, 2017
568 GG. In or Among. Weird Words.
00:11:49
May 12, 2017
567 Is Pig Latin a Real Language?
00:14:07
May 04, 2017
566 GG. Off Your Feed. Animal Language.
00:21:30
Apr 27, 2017
565 GG. Apple, Podcasts, and Prepositions. Forensic Linguistics.
00:11:26
Apr 20, 2017
564 GG. Preposition or Adverb?
00:17:15
Apr 13, 2017
563 GG Singular 'They'
00:12:54
Apr 07, 2017
562 GG AP Style and Chicago Manual of Style Updates
00:15:03
Mar 31, 2017
561 GG $10 Million Comma. Ambiguous Sentences. Tribute to Bill Walsh
00:13:53
Mar 23, 2017
560 GG Devil's Advocate. 3 Tips for Creating Sentences with Punch
00:12:31
Mar 16, 2017
559 GG. Abbreviations. And Then the Murders Began. Runcible. Haiku.
00:11:14
Mar 10, 2017
558 GG How to Write Good Survey Questions
00:14:01
Mar 03, 2017
557 GG Double Dactyl Poetry
00:14:12
Feb 23, 2017
556 GG Tumult. Bull in a China Shop. Always, Never, Usually, Often, Most, and More
00:10:25
Feb 16, 2017
555 GG. Toe/Tow the Line. Pled or Pleaded. Animal Idioms.
00:12:34
Feb 09, 2017
554 GG 'Reticent' or 'Reluctant.' Which' or 'That.'
00:10:29
Feb 02, 2017
553 GG Not Only, But Also. Leave in the Lurch. Month Names.
00:12:40
Jan 27, 2017
551 Capital vs Capitol. Citing Podcasts and Websites
00:11:06
Jan 19, 2017
551 GG. Words of the Year. Writing Tips.
00:15:29
Jan 12, 2017
550 GG Enormity or Enormousness? Badminton
00:07:16
Jan 05, 2017
549 GG Hone/Home In. Apostrophes.
00:11:48
Dec 29, 2016
548 GG. What Makes Good Stories.
00:10:14
Dec 22, 2016
547 GG 'A While' or 'Awhile'? Writing Dialogue
00:11:11
Dec 15, 2016
546 GG Anxious/Eager. If Not.
00:16:11
Dec 08, 2016
545 GG Read the Riot Act. The Changing English Language.
00:14:30
Dec 01, 2016
544 GG. Pilgrim Names. Pronouncing Foreign Words
00:21:27
Nov 24, 2016
543 GG. By the Wayside. How to Pronounce 'Biopic'
00:11:12
Nov 17, 2016
542 GG. 'Aloud' or "Out Loud'? Strong Voice
00:09:31
Nov 11, 2016
541 GG Before or Prior To? Foreign Language Syndrome
00:09:46
Nov 03, 2016
540 GG. Cemetery or Graveyard? Peer Editing. To Calendar.
00:13:21
Oct 27, 2016
539 GG Capitalizing Job Titles. I.e. Versus E.g. Sentence Diagramming
00:17:04
Oct 20, 2016
538 Alumni. Words from Bookmaking. Beyond the Pale
00:17:39
Oct 14, 2016
537 GG "Further" Versus "Farther." Horse's Mouth
00:13:03
Oct 07, 2016
536 GG Hit the Bestseller List: How to Style Your Words Like a Bestselling Author
00:15:52
Sep 29, 2016
535 GG Anyways or Anyway? Topic Sentences
00:13:18
Sep 22, 2016
534 GG. Bridget Jones. Pay Dirt. Dashes.
00:19:15
Sep 15, 2016
533 GG. Etc. Short Shrift. Prepositions
00:21:17
Sep 08, 2016
532 GG Loose or Lose. You Wazzock.
00:21:56
Sep 01, 2016
531 GG Writing Dual POVs. Space Operas and Soap Operas.
00:12:45
Aug 25, 2016
530 GG Whom. Preorder. Badger, Weasel, Ferret.
00:14:50
Aug 18, 2016
529 GG Latin Words. Batten Down the Hatches
00:11:44
Aug 11, 2016
528 GG Adjectives. Logical Fallacies
00:13:30
Aug 04, 2016
527 GG 'Lit' or 'Lighted.' Why Some Words Become Homophones
00:17:34
Jul 29, 2016
526 GG Types of Third Person Point of View. Flammable and Inflammable
00:10:31
Jul 22, 2016
525 GG Food Idioms. 'Affective' or 'Effective'
00:14:34
Jul 15, 2016
524 GG. Affect Versus Effect. How to Pronounce The
00:15:30
Jul 07, 2016
523 GG Sightseeing. On Accident Versus by Accident
00:12:21
Jun 30, 2016
522 GG Hearty or Hardy? How English Became English. Jury-Rigged.
00:19:53
Jun 23, 2016
521 GG Is Funnest a Word? How to Pronounce Adirondack.
00:12:03
Jun 16, 2016
520 GG Band Names. Woman or Female?
00:08:57
Jun 10, 2016
519 GG RBIs. Principal and Principle. Run of the Mill
00:14:35
Jun 02, 2016
518 GG Are You Interurban? Vonnegut's Famous Semicolon Quotation Was Taken Out of Context. Off the Cuff.
00:14:37
May 26, 2016
517 GG Why Do We Call It Commencement? When to Delete "It"
00:10:10
May 19, 2016
516 GG Celsius Versus Centigrade. 'Between' Versus 'Among'
00:10:42
May 12, 2016
515 GG Home vs. Away? How to Make Product Names Plural
00:11:39
May 05, 2016
514 GG Brouhaha. New Words. One Fell Swoop.
00:12:41
Apr 29, 2016
513 GG North or Northbound. Subjunctive Verbs.
00:09:09
Apr 21, 2016
512 GG Titled or Entitled? AP Style Updates. Into Thin Air.
00:11:45
Apr 14, 2016
511 GG Pronouncing Pulitzer. Navajo Codes in WWII
00:14:03
Apr 07, 2016
510 GG How Aphasia Causes Difficulty Speaking
00:23:57
Mar 31, 2016
509 GG Charlie Chaplin Grammar. S-Backing.
00:14:49
Mar 24, 2016
508 GG. Haiku Winners. Great Story Ideas
00:21:03
Mar 17, 2016
507 Patty or Paddy? Needs Washed
00:11:34
Mar 10, 2016
506 GG Subordinate Clause Examples
00:10:11
Mar 04, 2016
505 GG Maudlin. Vocabulary Words
00:09:55
Feb 25, 2016
504 GG Shined or Shone? Idioms About Tea
00:10:55
Feb 18, 2016
503 GG What Is a Canard?
00:11:08
Feb 11, 2016
502 GG. Straw Man. Wicked.
00:17:35
Feb 04, 2016
501 GG Word Families. Caucus
00:09:30
Jan 28, 2016
500 GG Redundancy. Letters of Recommendation.
00:15:53
Jan 21, 2016
499 GG Current or Currant? Singular They
00:12:05
Jan 14, 2016
498 GG A Joke About a Mongoose. Writing Dates.
00:09:09
Jan 07, 2016
497 GG Should You Capitalize 'the Force' from Star Wars?
00:03:28
Dec 31, 2015
496 GG Plural of Hippopotamus
00:02:23
Dec 24, 2015
495 GG Pair. Misusing “So” and “Very.” Even Keel
00:11:58
Dec 17, 2015
494 GG Pair. Forensic Linguistics. In Cold Blood
00:10:18
Dec 10, 2015
493 GG Hoofs or Hooves? Color Phrases
00:13:44
Dec 03, 2015
492. GG. Blue. Kith and Kin
00:14:47
Nov 27, 2015
491 GG Social Media. Internal Dialogue.
00:06:55
Nov 19, 2015
490 GG Formatting URLs in Text
00:09:55
Nov 12, 2015
489 GG Dialogue Tags. Writing Fight Scenes. NaNoWriMo
00:14:37
Nov 05, 2015
488 GG Hallowe'en. Apostrophes. The Garden Path
00:14:01
Oct 29, 2015
487 GG Wolf or Woof. Interrobang. Riding Roughshod
00:12:25
Oct 22, 2015
486 - Suffragette. Ginormous
00:12:20
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Oct 15, 2015
485 GG Firstly. Exclamation Points. Leeway.
00:13:23
Oct 08, 2015
484 GG Mantel or Mantle? Bulleted Lists
00:09:10
Oct 01, 2015
483 GG Sort, Kind, or Type? Homophones, Homographs, and Homonyms
00:06:59
Sep 24, 2015
482 GG Amused or Bemused. Being Bilingual. Positive Anymore.
00:19:26
Sep 17, 2015
481 GG And/Or. That Should Be a Word.
00:07:28
Sep 10, 2015
480 GG Matriculate. Diminutives. Crocodile or Alligator?
00:15:23
Sep 03, 2015
479 GG Scrabble in Different Parts of the World
00:14:55
Aug 28, 2015
478 GG Why English Has Silent Letters
00:20:14
Aug 20, 2015
477 GG Scrabble Extravaganza
00:17:47
Aug 13, 2015
476 GG Zero Percent, Prefixes and Suffixes, Malapropisms
00:16:25
Aug 06, 2015
281 How Do Words Get in the Dictionary?
00:08:02
Jul 31, 2015
475 GG How a Comma Can Get You out of a Parking Ticket
00:15:35
Jul 23, 2015
474 GG Flesh Out. Last Names. Hat Trick.
00:16:00
Jul 16, 2015
473 GG How Understanding Toy Story Can Help You Get into College
00:14:51
Jul 09, 2015
472 GG Citizen or Resident? Let's and Let Us. Newfangled.
00:17:24