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Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

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

Episodes

  • 778 - Do We Say 'Red Skies at Night, Sailor's Delight' Because of the Saharan Dust Plumes? Also, 'Yoiks!'

    Jul 02 2020

    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 Li...more

  • 777 - How to Write Fight Scenes (and How to Get Started as a Fiction Editor)

    Jun 25 2020

    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 ...more

  • 776 - Why a Detective Searched for 'Clews' in a 1929 Novel. ‘Systemic’ or ‘Systematic’?

    Jun 18 2020

    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’? ‘...more

  • 775 - Why We Talk About 'Bad Apples.' 'A Few' Versus 'a Couple'

    Jun 11 2020

    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 Twit...more

  • 774 - Roy Peter Clark on Civic Clarity

    Jun 04 2020

    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 P...more

  • 773 - Postal Zones. Reenter. Bougie.

    May 28 2020

    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 Faceb...more

  • 772 - The History of ZIP Codes and Addresses (Plus How to Write Them)

    May 21 2020

    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 newslet...more

  • 771 - Writing Lessons from Bad Job Applications

    May 14 2020

    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...more

  • 770 - 'Muslim' or 'Moslem'? 'Fishfolk'? 'Fishist'? What Is the Gender-Neutral Term for 'Fisherman'?

    May 07 2020

    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 conversa...more

  • 769 - Why Do We Say 'Cool Your Heels'? What's Up With 'Zhuzh'?

    Apr 30 2020

    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...more

  • 768 - Why Aren't We 'Whelmed'? And Cabin 'Fever,' Anyone?

    Apr 23 2020

    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 writi...more

  • 767 - The semicolon is so much more interesting than you imagine

    Apr 16 2020

    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 i...more

  • 766 - 'Flaunt' and 'Flout.' 'Band Together.'

    Apr 09 2020

    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...more

  • 765 - Say No to Marshall Law. How 'Vaccine' Is Related to 'Cow.'

    Apr 02 2020

    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 ...more

  • 764 - Skeleton Crew. Hunker Down. Uncharted. Existential.

    Mar 26 2020

    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 (833-214-44...more

  • 763 - How to Write Better Email. 'Pandemic' vs. 'Epidemic.' 'Canceled' vs. 'Cancelled.'

    Mar 19 2020

    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 Foga...more

  • 762 - How to Pronounce 'Celtic.' 'Whiskey' or 'Whisky'?

    Mar 12 2020

    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 Di...more

  • 761 - Why It's Called 'Daylight Saving Time.' The Origin of the Word 'Woman.'

    Mar 05 2020

    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.quickanddirty...more

  • 760 - What Is Genre. 'Bangs' Versus 'Fringe.'

    Feb 27 2020

    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: h...more

  • 759 - What Does ‛Mardi Gras’ Mean? "Drive to Work" Versus "Drive Home"

    Feb 20 2020

    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.c...more

  • 758 - Why 'XOXO' Means 'Hugs and Kisses'

    Feb 13 2020

    You may write "XOXO" to means "hugs and kisses," but do you know how those symbols get their meaning? LINKS AND SPONSORS | Learn how you can get my LinkedIn Learning course free: https://t.co/coQuXJRtrT | Earnest: http://earnest.com/grammar | Modern Mentor podcast: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/modern-mentor | GRAMMAR GIRL EMAIL NEWSLETTER | https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newsletters | GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME | Optimized for iPad: http://bit.ly/iPadGrammarPop | F...more

  • 757 - The days of the week are names you've known your whole life, but do you know their origin?

    Feb 06 2020

    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? LINKS AND SPONSORS | Learn how you can get my LinkedIn Learning course free: https://t.co/coQuXJRtrT | http://helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com | Modern Mentor podcast from QDT | GRAMMAR GIRL EMAIL NEWSLETTER | https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newsletters | GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME | Optimized for iPad: http://bit.ly/iPadGrammarP...more

  • 756 - High Odds or Low Odds?

    Jan 30 2020

    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. 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: h...more

  • 755 - How to Write Anything

    Jan 23 2020

    Develop this one skill and you'll write better essays, profiles, movie reviews, complaint letters, and more. 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...more

  • 754 - The Tie Between Ann Landers and 'Could Care Less.'

    Jan 16 2020

    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. 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/GrammarP...more

  • 753 - Take Heart! Here's Why You Still Have Time to Write Your First Novel

    Jan 09 2020

    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." 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 iO...more

  • 752 - Why Do Asian Languages Have So Many Different Scripts?

    Jan 02 2020

    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? 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 | ...more

  • 751 - Why Are There So Many Spellings for 'Hanukkah'? (Or Is That 'Chanukah'?)

    Dec 26 2019

    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. 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:...more

  • 750 - Pitch Black. Frankincense and Myrrh.

    Dec 19 2019

    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? LINKS AND SPONSORS | Learn how you can get my LinkedIn Learning course free: https://t.co/coQuXJRtrT | Hallmark: https://hallmark.com/grammar Code: GRAMMAR |   GRAMMAR GIRL EMAIL NEWSLETTER | https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newsletters | ...more

  • 749 - How to Identify Your Main Point. It's Harder Than You Think!

    Dec 16 2019

    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. 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/GrammarPopM...more

  • 748 - Your Language Affects Your Perception of Time. 'Star Wars' Languages.

    Dec 12 2019

    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.' LINKS AND SPONSORS | Learn how you can get my LinkedIn Learning course free: https://t.co/coQuXJRtrT | Waterpik: https://waterpik.com/grammar Code: GRAMMAR |   Hallmark: https://hallmark.com/grammar Code: GRAMMAR |   Teach for America: https://teachforamerica.org/grammargirl | GRAMMAR GI...more

  • 747 - You Don't Have to Get Up on Stage for Improv to Boost Your Creativity

    Dec 09 2019

    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." LINKS AND SPONSORS | Learn how you can get my LinkedIn Learning course free: https://t.co/coQuXJRtrT | Hallmark: https://hallmark.com/grammar code: GRAMMAR | Bombas: https://bombas.com/grammar | GRAMMAR GIRL EMAIL NEWSLETTER | https://www.quickanddirtyt...more

  • 746 - How to Make Family Names Plural. How Come We Ask 'How Come?'

    Dec 05 2019

    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?" LINKS AND SPONSORS | Learn how you can get my LinkedIn Learning course free: https://t.co/coQuXJRtrT | Hallmark: https://hallmark.com/grammar Code: GRAMMAR |   Teach for America: https://TeachForAmerica.org/grammargirl | GRAMMAR GIRL EMAIL NEWSLETTER | http...more

  • 745 - 'More Than' Versus 'Over.' Is a Hamburger a Sandwich?

    Dec 02 2019

    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. LINKS AND SPONSORS | Learn how you can get my LinkedIn Learning course free: https://t.co/coQuXJRtrT | Waterpik: https://waterpik.com/grammar Code: GRAMMAR |   Hallmark: https://hallmark.com/grammar Code: GRAMMAR |   GRAMMAR GIRL EMAI...more

  • 744 - Cold Turkey, Talk Turkey, and More. The Weird Origin of the Cornucopia.

    Nov 28 2019

    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.  LINKS AND SPONSORS | Learn how you can get my LinkedIn Learning course free: https://t.co/coQuXJRtrT | Teach for America: https://teachforamerica.org/grammargirl | Hallmark: https://hallmark.com/grammar code:GRAMMAR | GRAMMAR GIRL EMAIL NEWSLETTER | https:...more

  • 743 - How to Get Your Characters Right (Especially When They Aren't Like You)

    Nov 25 2019

    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. LINKS AND SPONSORS | Learn how you can get my LinkedIn Learning course free: https://t.co/coQuXJRtrT | Earnest: https://earnest.com/grammar |   GRAMMAR GIRL EMAIL NEWSLETTER | https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newsletters | GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME | Optimized for ...more

  • 742 - Famous Quotations. Silent Letters.

    Nov 21 2019

    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. LINKS AND SPONSORS | Ways to get my LinkedIn Learning course free: https://t.co/coQuXJRtrT | Hallmark: https://hallmark.com/grammar Code:GRAMMAR| Canvas People: Text GRAMMAR to 64-000 | Proactiv: https://proactiv.com/grammar | GRAMMAR GIRL EMAIL NEWSLETTER | https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newslet...more

  • 741 - Behind the Scenes in Publishing.

    Nov 18 2019

    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. LINKS AND SPONSORS | Learn how you can get my LinkedIn Learning course free: https://t.co/coQuXJRtrT | Capterra: https://capterra.com/grammar | GRAMMAR GIRL EMAIL NEWSLETTER | https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newsletters | GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME | Optimized for iPad: http://bit.ly/iPadGrammarP...more

  • 740 - Do You Know When to Use Quotation Marks? Also, How to Create a House Style.

    Nov 15 2019

    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! LINKS AND SPONSORS | Learn how you can get my LinkedIn Learning course free: https://t.co/coQuXJRtrT | Hallmark: https://hallmark.com/grammar code: GRAMMAR | Native: https://nativedeodorant.com code: GG |   Waterpik: https://waterpik.com/grammar code: GRAMMAR |&nb...more

  • 739 - The Problem with Sarcasm. Filthy Lucre.

    Nov 11 2019

    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! LINKS AND SPONSORS | Learn how you can get my LinkedIn Learning course free: https://t.co/coQuXJRtrT | Hallmark: https://hallmark.com/grammar Code:GRAMMAR | Bombas: https://bombas.com/grammar |   GRAMMAR GIRL EMAIL NEWSLETTER | https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newsletters | GRAMMAR POP ...more

  • 738 - Can a Boy Raised by Wolves Learn to Speak Human Language? It Depends.

    Nov 07 2019

    The story of Victor of Aveyron, a boy who was raised by wolves and taught us about language. LINKS AND SPONSORS | Learn how you can get my LinkedIn Learning course free: https://t.co/coQuXJRtrT | Hallmark: https://hallmark.com/grammar Code:GRAMMAR | Bombas: https://bombas.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/Gra...more

  • 737 - Curtis Chen: Using NaNoWriMo to Kickstart Your Novel

    Nov 04 2019

    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. LINKS AND SPONSORS | Learn how you can get my LinkedIn Learning course free: https://t.co/coQuXJRtrT | Waterpik: https://waterpik.com/grammar Code: GRAMMAR |   GRAMMAR GIRL EMAIL NEWSLETTER | https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newsletters | GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME | Optimized for iPad: http://bit.ly/iPadGrammarPop | For iPad and iPhon...more

  • 736 - Ghastly Words for Ghosts. Quid pro Quo.

    Oct 31 2019

    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?) LINKS AND SPONSORS | Learn how you can get my LinkedIn Learning course free: https://t.co/coQuXJRtrT | Hallmark: https://hallmark.com/grammar Code:GRAMMAR | Knowing: Robin Williams podcast: https://us.macmillan.com/podcasts/podcast/knowing/ |   GRAMMAR GIRL EMAIL NEWSLETTER | h...more

  • 735 - Dave Itzkoff on Writing a Biography of Robin Williams

    Oct 28 2019

      LINKS AND SPONSORS | Ways to get my LinkedIn Learning course free: https://t.co/coQuXJRtrT | Capterra: https://capterra.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 ...more

  • 734 - Ghost Words

    Oct 24 2019

    In honor of Halloween, we talk about ghost words such as "phantomnation," "gravy," "twill," and more. Words that shouldn't exist. LINKS AND SPONSORS | Learn how you can get my LinkedIn Learning course free: https://t.co/coQuXJRtrT | Bona: https://bona.com/grammar | Masterclass: https://masterclass.com/grammar | GRAMMAR GIRL EMAIL NEWSLETTER | https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newsletters | GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME | Optimized for iPad: http://bit.ly/iPa...more

  • 733 - Why People Hate Words Like 'Moist'

    Oct 21 2019

    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. LINKS AND SPONSORS | Learn how you can get my LinkedIn Learning course free: https://t.co/coQuXJRtrT | Earnest: https://earnest.com/gr...more

  • 732 - How to Write a Conclusion. ‘Rebut’ or ‘Refute’?

    Oct 17 2019

    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." LINKS AND SPONSORS | Learn how you can get my LinkedIn Learning course free: https://t.co/coQuXJRtrT | Purple: Text GRAMMAR to 84888 | GRAMMAR GIRL EMAIL NEWSLETTER | https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newsletters | GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME | Optimized for iPad: http://bit.ly/iPadGrammarPop | For iPad and iPhone: ...more

  • 731 - Compound Possession. 'Friday' or 'On Friday'?

    Oct 14 2019

    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"? LINKS AND SPONSORS | Learn how you can get my LinkedIn Learning course free: https://t.co/coQuXJRtrT | Passenger List Podcast: https://passengerlist.org | Masterclass: https://masterclass.com/grammar | GRAMMAR GIRL EMAIL NEWSLETTER | https://www.quickandd...more

  • 730 - Turning a Podcast into a Novel: 'The Bright Sessions' to 'The Infinite Noise'

    Oct 10 2019

    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. LINKS AND SPONSORS | Learn how you can get my LinkedIn Learning course free: https://t.co/coQuXJRtrT | Bona: https://bona.com/grammar | Capterra: https://capterra.com/grammar | Native: https://nativedeodorant.com Promo Code:GG | GRAMMAR GIRL EMAIL NEWS...more

  • 729 - Making Words That End in Y Plural.'Primer' Pronunciation.

    Oct 07 2019

    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. LINKS AND SPONSORS | Learn how you can get my LinkedIn Learning course free: https://t.co/coQuXJRtrT | Bombas: https://bombas.com/grammar | GRAMMAR GIRL EMAIL NEWSLETTER | https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newsletters | GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME | Optimized for iPad: http://bit.ly/iPadGrammarPop | Fo...more

  • 728 - How English Words Came Into French After World War II

    Oct 03 2019

    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. LINKS AND SPONSORS | Learn how you can get my LinkedIn Learning course free: https://t.co/coQuXJRtrT | Earnest: https://earnest.com/grammar | Purple Mattress: Text GRAMMAR to 84888 | GRAMMAR GIRL EMAIL NEWSLETTER | https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newsletters | GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME | Optimized for iPad...more

  • 727 - The Quirky Australian 'Crime' Tense. 'Hopefully.'

    Sep 30 2019

    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." LINKS AND SPONSORS | Proactiv: https://proactiv.com/grammar | Bartleby Writer: https://bartleby.com/write/grammargirl | GRAMMAR GIRL EMAIL NEWSLETTER | https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newsletters | GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME | Optimiz...more

  • 726 - A Cup of Joe. ‘Smokey’ and ‘Smoky.’

    Sep 26 2019

    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. LINKS AND SPONSORS | TED Talks Daily: https://www.ted.com/about/programs-initiatives/ted-talks/ted-talks-audio | Bona: https://bona.com/grammar | Grammar Girl Email Newsletter | https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newsletters | GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME | Optimized for iPad:...more

  • 725 - Interviewing, Story Structure, and Writing Tools with Jonathan Small

    Sep 23 2019

    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. LINKS AND SPONSORS | TED Talks Daily: https://www.ted.com/about/programs-initiatives/ted-talks/ted-talks-audio | Blinkist: https://blinkist.com/grammar | Embark: https://embarkvet.com promo code: GRAMMAR | Grammar Girl Email Newsletter | https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newsletters | GRAMMAR P...more

  • 724 - Why Esperanto Is an Amazing Language. 'Fall' or 'Autumn'?

    Sep 19 2019

    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. LINKS AND SPONSORS | Bona: http:/bona.com/grammar | Masterclass: http://masterclass.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:...more

  • 723 - Grammar Girl #723. Tips for Fact Checking. Why We Use the Term 'Watershed Moment.'

    Sep 16 2019

    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." LINKS AND SPONSORS | Merrill Financial Advisor Development Program: http:/careers.bankofamerica.com | Magoosh: http://magoosh.com code: 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:...more

  • 722 - 'Math' or 'Maths'? Irregular Verbs.

    Sep 12 2019

    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.  LINKS AND SPONSORS | Native: http://nativedeodorant.com code: GG | Magoosh: http://magoosh.com code: GRAMMAR | Grammar Girl Email Newsletter | https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newsletters | GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME | Optimized for ...more

  • 721 - Verbing Nouns. 'It Is I' or 'It Is Me'?

    Sep 09 2019

    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." LINKS AND SPONSORS | Merrill Financial Advisor Development Program: http:/careers.bankofamerica.com | Magoosh: http://magoosh.com code: GRAMMAR | Grammar Girl Email Newsletter | https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newsletters | GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME | Optimized for iPad: http://bit.ly/iPadGrammarPop | For iPad and ...more

  • 720 - Getting Your Tricky Conditionals Right. Wheelhouse.

    Sep 05 2019

    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."  LINKS AND SPONSORS | Bombas: http:/bombas.com/grammar | Magoosh: http://magoosh.com code: GRAMMAR | Blinkist: http://blinkist.com/grammar | Grammar Girl Email Newsletter | https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newsletters | GRAMM...more

  • 719 - Why 'Literally' Doesn't Mean 'Literally' Anymore. Video Games for Language Learning.

    Sep 02 2019

    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! LINKS AND SPONSORS | Merrill Financial Advisor Development Program: http:/careers.bankofamerica.com | Magoosh: http://magoosh.com code: GRAMMAR | Embark: http://embarkvet.com code: GRAMMA...more

  • 718 - Writing Scripts and Speeches. Ask and Aks.

    Aug 29 2019

    Writing for speech is different from writing for print. The "aks" pronunciation for "ask" has a nearly 1000-year history. LINKS AND SPONSORS | Magoosh: http://magoosh.com code: GRAMMAR | Babbel: http://babbel.com | Blinkist: http://blinkist.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 | PEE...more

  • 717 - Words that Sound Funny

    Aug 26 2019

    Use these tricks to get a laugh. LINKS AND SPONSORS | Merrill Financial Advisor Development Program: http:/careers.bankofamerica.com | Magoosh: http://magoosh.com code: GRAMMAR | Proactiv: http://proactiv.com/grammar | Grammar Girl Email Newsletter | https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newsletters | Grammar Girl's AP style webinar: http://bit.ly/APStyle2019  | GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME | Optimized for iPad: http://bit.ly/iPadGrammarPop | For iPad and iPhone: http://bit.ly/GrammarPopM...more

  • 716 - What's Up With Words That Are Spelled the Same but Sound Different?

    Aug 23 2019

    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. LINKS AND SPONSORS | Magoosh: http://magoosh.com code: GRAMMAR | Bank of America.: http://careers.bankofamerica.com | Babbel: http://babbel.com | Grammar Girl Email Newsletter | https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newsletters | GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME | Optimized for iPad: http://bit.ly/iPadGrammarPop | For iPad and iPhone: h...more

  • 715 - POV. Plus 'Tinderella,' 'phubbing,' and more words at the intersection of relationships and technology.

    Aug 19 2019

    We rock. You rock. They rock. Understanding point of view in fiction. "Tinderella," "phubbing," and more words at the intersection of relationships and technology. LINKS AND SPONSORS | Merrill Financial Advisor Development Program: http:/careers.bankofamerica.com | True & Co.: http://trueandco.com/grammar code: GRAMMAR | Magoosh Test Prep: http://magoosh.com code: GRAMMAR | Grammar Girl Email Newsletter | https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newsletters | Grammar Girl...more

  • 714 - Eponyms: Cardigan, Dunce, Quisling, and More.

    Aug 16 2019

    Some words get their names from people, and when they do, the stories are usually fascinating. LINKS AND SPONSORS | Magoosh: http://magoosh.com code: GRAMMAR | True & Co.: http://trueandco.com/grammar code: GRAMMAR | Babbel: http://babbel.com | Grammar Girl Email Newsletter | https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newsletters | Grammar Girl's AP style webinar: http://bit.ly/APStyle2019  | GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME | Optimized for iPad: http://bit.ly/iPadGrammarPop | For iPad and iPh...more

  • 713 - More Apostrophe Mayhem. Dyslexia Writing Tips

    Aug 12 2019

    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. LINKS AND SPONSORS | Magoosh: http://magoosh.com code:GRAMMAR | Bank of America: http://careers.bankofamerica.com | Relationship Doctor Podcast | Grammar Girl Email Newsletter | https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newsletter...more

  • 712 - Apostrophe Catastrophe. What (or Who) Is a Cipher?

    Aug 08 2019

    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. LINKS AND SPONSORS | Magoosh: http://magoosh.com code: GRAMMAR | True & Co.: http://trueandco.com/grammar code: GRAMMAR | Native: http://nativedeodorant.com code: GRAMMAR | Grammar Girl Email Newsletter | https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newsletters | Grammar Girl's AP style webinar: http://bit.ly/APStyle2019  | G...more

  • 711 - Misheard Song Lyrics and Eggcorns. The Ampersand.

    Aug 05 2019

    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? LINKS AND SPONSORS | Magoosh: http://magoosh.com code:GRAMMAR | Blinkist: http://blinkist.com/grammar | Bombas: http://bombas.com/grammar | Grammar Girl Email Newsletter | https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newsletters | Grammar Girl's AP style...more

  • 710 - Vacay. Why Some People Call Green Peppers 'Mangoes'

    Aug 01 2019

    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." LINKS AND SPONSORS | Magoosh: http://magoosh.com code:GRAMMAR | Audible: http://audible.com/GG or text GG to 500-500  | Proactiv: http://proactiv.com/grammar | Grammar Girl Email Newsletter | https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newsletters | Grammar Girl's AP style webinar: http://bit.ly/APStyle2019  | GRAMMAR POP iO...more

  • 709 - Surprise! The History of Semicolons Is Exciting.

    Jul 29 2019

    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. LINKS AND SPONSORS | Bank of America: http://careers.bankofamerica.com | Blinkist: http://trueandco/grammar code: GRAMMAR | Babbel: http://babbel.com | Grammar Girl Email News...more

  • 708 - Why Alcohol Is 'Hard.' 'Phenomena' or 'Phenomenon'?

    Jul 25 2019

    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." LINKS AND SPONSORS | Magoosh: http://magoosh.com code:GRAMMAR | Blinkist: http://blinkist.com/grammar  | Babbel: http://babbel.com | Grammar Girl Email Newsletter | https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newsletters | Grammar Girl's AP style webinar: http://bit.ly/APStyle2019&nb...more

  • 707 - How and Why the Internet Is Changing Language

    Jul 22 2019

    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! LINKS AND SPONSORS | Embark: http://embarkvet.com promo code: GRAMMAR | Babbel: http://babbel.com | Grammar Girl Email Newsletter | https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newsletters | Grammar Girl's AP style webinar: http://bit.ly/APStyle2019  | GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME | ...more

  • 706 - Sometimes It's Not a Bad Idea to Dumb Down Your Language.

    Jul 18 2019

    Why sometimes it's not a bad idea to dumb down your language. LINKS AND SPONSORS | True & Co: http://trueandco.com/grammar code:GRAMMAR | Grammar Girl Email Newsletter | https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newsletters | Grammar Girl's AP style webinar: http://bit.ly/APStyle2019  | GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME | Optimized for iPad: http://bit.ly/iPadGrammarPop | For iPad and iPhone: http://bit.ly/GrammarPopMobile | GRAMMAR GIRL BOOKS | http://bit.ly/GrammarPopBooks | GRAMMAR...more

  • 705 - 'Blue Collar,' 'Bluestocking,' and 'the Blue Hair Brigade.' 'Oral' Versus 'Verbal.'

    Jul 16 2019

    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." LINKS AND SPONSORS | Blinkist: http://blinkist.com/grammar Native: http://nativedeodorant.com code:GRAMMAR | Grammar Girl Email Newsletter | https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newsletters | Grammar Girl's AP style webinar: ht...more

  • 704 - Present Tense When Writing About Fiction. The Poop Emoji and Eggcorns.

    Jul 11 2019

    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. LINKS AND SPONSORS | Cove: http://withcove.com/gg | Grammar Girl Email Newsletter | https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newsletters | Grammar Girl's AP style webinar | http://bit.ly/GrammarWebinar2019 | GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME | Optimized for iPad: http...more

  • 703 - Why There Are 9 Different Ways to Pronounce the Letter T

    Jul 08 2019

    We count nine different allophones of the letter T. Odds are good you'll recognize them all (and some of them may annoy you). LINKS AND SPONSORS | Babbel: http://babbel.com/grammar | True & Co: http://trueandco.com/grammar CODE: GRAMMAR | Bombas: http://bombas.com/grammar | Grammar Girl Email Newsletter | https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newsletters | Grammar Girl's AP style webinar | http://bit.ly/GrammarWebinar2019 | GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME | Optimized for iP...more

  • 702 - ‘All of a Sudden’ or ‘All of the Sudden’? ‘Baited’ or ‘Bated’ Breath?

    Jul 04 2019

    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). LINKS AND SPONSORS | Babbel: http://babbel.com/grammar | Grammar Girl Email Newsletter: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newsletters | Grammar Girl's AP style webinar: http://bit.ly/GrammarWebinar2019 | GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME | Optimized for iPad: http://bit.ly/iPadGrammarPop | For ...more

  • 701 - ‘Biweekly’ or ‘Semiweekly’? ‘Foward' and ‘Forward.’

    Jul 01 2019

    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. LINKS AND SPONSORS | Babbel: http://babbel.com/grammar | Grammar Girl Email Newsletter: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newsletters | Grammar Girl's AP style webinar: http://bit.ly/GrammarWebinar2019 | GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME | Optimized for iPad: http://bit.ly/iPadGrammarPop |...more

  • 700 - When to Capitalize 'Google.' Why Zero is 'Love' in Tennis.

    Jun 27 2019

    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!  LINKS AND SPONSORS | Blinkist: http://blinkist.com/grammar | Grammar Girl Email Newsletter: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newsletters | Grammar Girl's AP style webinar: http://bit.ly/GrammarWebinar2019 | GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME | Optimized for iPad: http://bit.ly/iPadGrammarPop | For iPad and iPhone: ht...more

  • 699 - When to Capitalize Computer Terms. StetWalk

    Jun 24 2019

    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! LINKS AND SPONSORS | Stitcher App: http://stitcherapp.com/grammar | Grammar Girl Email Newsletter: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newsletters | Grammar Girl's AP style webinar: http://bit.ly/GrammarWebinar2019 | GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME | Optimized for iPad: http://bit.ly/iPadGrammarPop | For iPad and iPhone: http://bit.ly/GrammarPopMobile |...more

  • 698 - 'Subpoena.' When To Capitalize 'The' in Titles.

    Jun 20 2019

    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. LINKS AND SPONSORS | Grammar Girl Email Newsletter: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newsletters | Grammar Girl's AP style webinar: http://bit.ly/GrammarWebinar2019 | GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME | Optimize...more

  • 697 - What Anyone Can Learn From the College Essay Process

    Jun 17 2019

    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. LINKS AND SPONSORS | Stitcher App: http://stitcherapp.com/grammar | True and Co.: http://trueandco.com/grammar | Grammar Girl Email Newsletter: https://www.qu...more

  • 696 - Hyphens in Ages. The Emphatic 'This.'

    Jun 13 2019

    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." LINKS AND SPONSORS | Start With This: http://startwiththispodcast.com | Grammar Girl Email Newsletter: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newsletters | Graduation Sweepstakes: http://bit.ly/qdtlifeaftercollege | Grammar Girl's AP style webinar: http://bit.ly/GrammarWebinar201...more

  • 695 - 'Armageddon' or 'Apocalypse'? Numbers in Dialogue.

    Jun 10 2019

    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. LINKS AND SPONSORS | True and Co: http://trueandco.com/grammar CODE: GRAMMAR | Aspiration App | Grammar Girl Email Newsletter: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newsletters | Graduation Sweepstakes: http://bit...more

  • 694 - Country Names and “The”: The Ukraine or Ukraine. Theater Idioms.

    Jun 06 2019

    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. LINKS AND SPONSORS | How to Be Yourself Book: http://bit.ly/beyourselfgrammar | Bombas: https://bombas.com/grammar | Campfire Pro: http://campfiretechnology CODE: QUICKNDIRTY  | Grammar Girl Email Newsletter: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newsletters | Graduation Sweepstakes: http:...more

  • 693 - What's Wrong with Saying Something Is 'Very Unique'?

    Jun 04 2019

    What's wrong with saying something is "very unique"? Plus, autological words like "longer." LINKS AND SPONSORS | Family Ghosts Podcast: https://familyghostspodcast.com/ | Audible: https://audible.com/GG or text GG to 500-500 | Aspiration App Grammar Girl Email Newsletter: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newsletters | Graduation Sweepstakes: http://bit.ly/qdtlifeaftercollege |  Grammar Girl's AP style webinar: http://bit.ly/Gramma...more

  • 692 - Godzilla, Cryptids, and Dilemma Comments.

    May 30 2019

    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? LINKS AND SPONSORS | Feminist Folklore Podcast: https://www.feministfolklore.com/ | Grammar Girl Email Newsletter: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newsletters | Graduation Sweepstakes: http://bit.ly/qdtlifeaf...more

  • 691 - BONUS: Introducing Science Rules! with Bill Nye

    May 27 2019

    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.

  • 690 - The Spelling Bee Kids

    May 23 2019

    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. LINKS AND SPONSORS | Grammar Girl Email Newsletter: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newsletters | Graduation Sweepstakes: http://bit.ly/qdtlifeaftercollege |  Grammar Girl's AP style webinar: http://bit.ly/GrammarWebinar2019 | GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME | Optimized for iPad: http://bit.ly/iPadGramma...more

  • 689 - More or most? Majority or plurality? The many (how many?) ways to describe amounts.

    May 20 2019

    How many do you need for a "majority." When "a couple" isn't two. And more.

  • 688 - Dangling Participles

    May 16 2019

    What are participles and why do they dangle?  LINKS AND SPONSORS | Graduation Sweepstakes: http://bit.ly/qdtlifeaftercollege |  Grammar Girl's AP style webinar: http://bit.ly/GrammarWebinar2019 | GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME | Optimized for iPad: http://bit.ly/iPadGrammarPop | For iPad and iPhone: http://bit.ly/GrammarPopMobile | GRAMMAR GIRL BOOKS | http://bit.ly/GrammarPopBooks | GRAMMAR GIRL IS PART OF THE QUICK AND DIRTY TIPS PODCAST NETWORK | VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL

  • 687 - What It's Like to Be a Book Editor and Translator

    May 13 2019

    Palgrave Macmillan executive editor Elisabeth Dyssegaard is from Denmark and also works as a translator. LINKS AND SPONSORS | http://bombas.com/grammar |  Grammar Girl's AP style webinar: http://bit.ly/GrammarWebinar2019 | GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME | Optimized for iPad: http://bit.ly/iPadGrammarPop | For iPad and iPhone: http://bit.ly/GrammarPopMobile | GRAMMAR GIRL BOOKS | http://bit.ly/GrammarPopBooks | GRAMMAR GIRL IS PART OF THE QUICK AND DIRTY TIPS PODCAST NETWORK | VOICE...more

  • 686 - The 'Dilemma' Dilemma. 'Big Bang Theory" Words and Language.

    May 09 2019

    The 'Dilemma' Dilemma. 'Big Bang Theory" Words and Language. LINKS AND SPONSORS | http://stamps.com Code:GRAMMAR | http://startwiththispodcast.com | Grammar Girl's AP style webinar: http://bit.ly/GrammarWebinar2019 | GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME | Optimized for iPad: http://bit.ly/iPadGrammarPop | For iPad and iPhone: http://bit.ly/GrammarPopMobile | GRAMMAR GIRL BOOKS | http://bit.ly/GrammarPopBooks | GRAMMAR GIRL IS PART ...more

  • 685 - How to Find Work as a Freelance Writer. Adventure.

    May 06 2019

    Tips for new graduates or anyone who is trying to get started as a freelance writer. Plus, the adventurous origin of the word "adventure." FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL | YouTube: http://bit.ly/YoutubeGrammar | Twitter: http://bit.ly/TwitterGrammarGirl | Facebook: http://bit.ly/FacebookGrammarGirl | Pinterest: http://bit.ly/PinterestGrammarGirl | Instagram: http://bit.ly/InstagramGrammar | LinkedIn: http://bit.ly/LinkedInGrammar | LINKS AND SPONSORS | http://bit.ly/AspirationGrammar ht...more

  • 684 - ‘Unquote’ or ‘End Quote’? Cinco de Mayo. Horse Idioms.

    May 02 2019

    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. FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL | YouTube: http://bit.ly/YoutubeGrammar | Twitter: http://bit.ly/TwitterGrammarGirl | Facebook: http://bit.ly/FacebookGrammarGirl | Pinterest: http://bit.ly/PinterestGrammarGirl | Instagram: http://bit.ly/InstagramGrammar | LinkedIn: http://bit.ly/LinkedInGrammar | LINKS AND SPONSORS | http://bit.ly/Aspiratio...more

  • 683 - ‘So’ and ‘So That’: What Type of Conjunction Are They?

    Apr 29 2019

    ‘So’ and ‘So That’: Coordinating or Subordinating Conjunction?  FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL | YouTube: http://bit.ly/YoutubeGrammar | Twitter: http://bit.ly/TwitterGrammarGirl | Facebook: http://bit.ly/FacebookGrammarGirl | Pinterest: http://bit.ly/PinterestGrammarGirl | Instagram: http://bit.ly/InstagramGrammar | LinkedIn: http://bit.ly/LinkedInGrammar | LINKS AND SPONSORS | Before Breakfast podcast http://bit.ly/AspirationGrammar Door Dash App (use the code GRAM...more

  • 682 - Do You Drop Your T's? 'Sneaked' and 'Snuck.'

    Apr 25 2019

    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." FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL | YouTube: http://bit.ly/YoutubeGrammar | Twitter: http://bit.ly/TwitterGrammarGirl | Facebook: http://bit.ly/FacebookGrammarGirl | Pinterest: http://bit.ly/PinterestGrammarGirl | Instagram: http://bit.ly/I...more

  • 681 - 'The Dictionary of Difficult Words,' an Interview with Jane Solomon

    Apr 22 2019

    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://ca...more

  • 680 - Wakandan, Groot, and Other Languages of the Marvel Universe. Easter and Passover.

    Apr 18 2019

    Wakandan, Groot, and more. The movies in the Marvel universe are filled with interesting real and made-up languages. Plus, did you know Easter and Passover are linguistically related? 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 | LINK...more

  • 679 - Brussels sprouts? Scotch eggs? Swedish meatballs? Which food names can you trust?

    Apr 15 2019

    Some foods really do come from a certain city or region, others have names that are tied to the location but not in the way you think, and some are outright fakers. We get to the bottom of Brussels sprouts, Scotch eggs, Swedish meatballs, French dressing, and more. 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.c...more

  • 678 - Moolah, Clams, and Scratch. God, Godsend, and Godfather.

    Apr 11 2019

    Paying our taxes made us think about slang words for money, and all the upcoming religious holidays made us wonder which "god" words to capitalize. 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 | As...more

  • 676 - The Language of 'Game of Thrones'

    Apr 04 2019

    There’s so much excitement about the 'Game of Thrones' finale that we just had to include a segment about on it this week’s show. Not just because we love dragons and swords—we do! — but because a core part of the series has been the languages the characters speak. 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://i...more

  • 675 - Why Verbs Like 'Witness' Are Weird

    Apr 01 2019

    A listener asked why a sentence using the verb "witness" sounded weird, and we found a surprising answer. 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 | LaVar Burton Reads http://www.levarburtonpod...more

  • 674 - How You Can Benefit Year-Round from NaNoWriMo

    Mar 28 2019

    Grant Faulkner's organization has worked with hundreds of thousands of writers, and he has some advice for you. 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 | http://campnanowrimo.org | https://ga...more

  • 673 - Schwa-ify This! Scrabble Stories

    Mar 25 2019

    A scene from "The Princess Bride" will help you understand the schwa. Plus, how one Scrabble tournament got out of hand. 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 http://capterra.com/grammar | ...more

  • 672 - How a Semicolon Brought Two Writers Together

    Mar 21 2019

    Jennifer Miller and Jason Feifer, authors of "Mr. Nice Guy," talk about how the semicolon brought them together, how they wrangle working as a writing team, and more. 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 A...more

  • 671 - Why We Have Both 'Color' and 'Colour'

    Mar 18 2019

    British versus American spelling. 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 | SPONSORS AND LINKS | http://bona.com/grammar | http://grammar.robinhood.com | GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME | Optimized for iPad: http://bit.ly/GrammarPopiPad | Fo...more

  • 670 - Equinox. Is Irish the Same as Gaelic?

    Mar 14 2019

    What Is the Equinox? Is Irish the Same as Gaelic? | 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 | SPONSORS AND LINKS | http://bona.com/grammar | http://grammar.robinhood.com | GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME | ...more

  • 669 - 'Red Tape,' 'Red Herring,' 'Paint the Town Red,' and More 'Red' Idioms.

    Mar 11 2019

    This week, we investigate the origin of "red tape" and other "red" idioms. 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 SPONSORS AND LINKS http://calm.com/grammar GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME Optimized for iPad: http://bit.ly/Gramma...more

  • 668 - What's Wrong with 'These Ones'? Faith and Begorrah, We Have Irish Phrases for St. Patrick's Day!

    Mar 07 2019

    Faith and begorrah, we have Irish phrases for St. Patrick's Day! Plus, a listener asks whether it's wrong to say "these ones" and "those ones." 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 SPONSORS AND LINKS ThirdLove: ...more

  • 667 - Why ducks say "quack-quack" in English but "ga-ga" in Japanese.

    Mar 04 2019

    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 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-...more

  • 666 - Double Negatives.

    Feb 28 2019

    In this week's Grammar Girl podcast, we talk about why double negatives aren't always wrong. You just need to be careful with them. 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 SPONSORS AND LINKS Enter the 300 Million Download Con...more

  • 665 - Language News Chat

    Feb 25 2019

    Mignon and Neal talk about language influencing memory, OFOM, university language programs, and more. 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 SPONSORS AND LINKS Enter the 300 Million Download Contest: https://read.macmillan.c...more

  • 664 - Benjamin Dreyer and His Unusual Pet Peeves

    Feb 21 2019

    New York Times bestselling author Benjamin Dreyer talks about his pet peeves, how he found his voice, why his book largely ignores AP style, and more. 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 SPONSORS AND LINKS Capterra: http:...more

  • 663 - D-Day. Why I Want a Salad-Salad.

    Feb 18 2019

    What does the "D" in "D-Day" mean? What makes a salad-salad different from a plain old salad? 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 Unknown History podcast Tales podcast AP Style Webinar: http://ow....more

  • 662 - Never Misspell 'Bureaucracy' Again.

    Feb 14 2019

    When to use "racket" and "racquet," never forget how to spell "bureaucracy" again, the origin of winter storm 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 SPONSORS AND LINKS Robinhood: http://grammar.robinhood.com Babbel: ...more

  • 661 - How Paula Brackston picks her characters’ names and uses language to set a tone.

    Feb 11 2019

    Mignon and Paula Brackston (author of "The Witch's Daughter" and "The Little Shop of Found Things") talk about how Paula picks her characters’ names, how she uses language to set a tone, and how she juggles working on multiple books at once. 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 Linke...more

  • 660 - 'Irregardless' or 'Regardless'? Crime Words.

    Feb 07 2019

    Why do people say "irregardless" and where do we get words like "sleuth," "red herring," and "gumshoe"? 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 SPONSORS AND LINKS Mythology Podcast: http://parcast.com/mythology ThirdLove: ht...more

  • 659 - Normans, Ralls, and Voicemail

    Feb 04 2019

    I want you to share your family's word stories, and I tell one of my own to get you started. 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 SPONSORS AND LINKS AP Style Webinar: http://ow.ly/1Z7030nuTU0 Grammar Girl Listener Survey: http://bit.ly...more

  • 658 - 'Wage,' 'Wager,' and 'Wed'

    Jan 31 2019

    It's a Super Bowl episode! Grammar Girl investigates how "wager" is related to "wed" and "mortgage." Why does the saying "The wages of sin is death," treat "wages" as singular when it's most often plural? Plus, what does it mean to 'punt' something? 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/thegrammargir...more

  • 657 - 'Tip of the Hat" or 'Tip Your Hand'? 'Yeah No.'

    Jan 24 2019

    This week, we figure out why you tip both your hat and your hand, and then we take a fascinating look at why people use the seemingly illogical phrase "Yeah no." 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 SPONSORS http://pewtrus...more

  • 656 - ‘Relapse’ or ‘Recur’? 'Kneeled' or 'Knelt.' ’Methinks.’

    Jan 17 2019

    This week, I have a Quick and Dirty Tip about the difference between the words “relapse” and “recur,” another Quick and Dirty Tip about the difference between “kneeled” and “knelt,” and a meaty middle about the word “methinks.” Methinks you’ll like it! 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/thegramma...more

  • 655 - ‘Myriad’ or ‘Myriad Of’? What Is a Run-On Sentence?

    Jan 10 2019

    This week, we talk about the controversy over "a myriad of" and (clutch your pearls!) "myriads" and explain why a run-on sentence isn't just a really long sentence.  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 GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME ...more

  • 654 - 'Stint' or 'Stent'? How to Pronounce 'Coyote.'

    Jan 03 2019

    This week, I give you a memory trick--based on an amazing story from history--for remembering the difference between "stint" and "stent," and we look at why people pronounce "coyote" at least five different ways. 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...more

  • 653 - How to Use an Asterisk. Journaling.

    Dec 27 2018

    This week, we learn the ins and outs of using an asterisk and talk about the many ways to keep a journal. 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 SPONSORS http://meettailor.com/grammar GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME Optimized for iPad: http://bit.ly/Gr...more

  • 652 - ‘Purposely' or 'Purposefully'? Yule.

    Dec 20 2018

    In this week's Grammar Girl podcast, I help you stop misusing "purposefully" and delve into the history of yuletide. 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 GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME Optimized for iPad: http://bit.ly/GrammarP...more

  • 651 - 'Capitulate' or 'Recapitulate'? Colons.

    Dec 13 2018

    This week, we investigate why "capitulate" and "recapitulate" have such different meanings when they seem so similar, and we review how to use colons. It's probably more complicated than you think because different style guides have different recommendations. 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/the...more

  • 650 - 'Wreaked' or 'Wrought'? 'Crescendo.' Could We Understand Aliens?

    Dec 06 2018

    This week, we'll explore the difference between "wreaked" and "wrought," learn a trick to never misuse or misspell "crescendo" again, and answer the question: Could we understand alien beings? 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-gir...more

  • 649 - 'Ado' or 'Adieu'? Pronouns and Antecedents

    Nov 29 2018

    This week, we'll tease apart the ado/adieu eggcorn and make some funny sentences using pronoun/antecedent errors. 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 SPONSORS http://littlepassports.com/grammar The Poshmark app: Code GRA...more

  • 648 - Does Your Language Influence How You Think?

    Nov 22 2018

    The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis claims that the language you speak determines the way you think. It's been widely debunked, but we go through some studies that seem to support it and some studies that don't. It's all fascinating! 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....more

  • 647 - Pronoun Order. ‘Flier’ or ‘Flyer.’ The Plural of ‘Mouse.’

    Nov 15 2018

    This week, I have a Quick and Dirty Tip about pronouns and how you should order them, another Quick and Dirty Tip about how to spell “flyer” (or is that "flier"?), and a meaty middle about the plural of the word “mouse.” 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.link...more

  • 646 - 'Blond' or 'Blonde'? How 'Trolloping' Became a Word.

    Nov 08 2018

    Have you ever wondered why we have two ways to spell "blond(e)"? Also, I share some fascinating American frontier history that reveals how "trolloping' became a word. 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 SPONSORS http://...more

  • 645 - Interview with New York Times bestselling author Courtney Summers

    Nov 01 2018

    This week is a special show. I interview Courtney Summers, the author of the New York Times best-selling novel "Sadie," and learn what it was like to work on a book that also had a podcast component and what inspires Courtney to write such dark novels. 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/thegramma...more

  • 644 - 'Sit' or 'Set'? Monster Names.

    Oct 25 2018

    This week, teaching a dog to sit can help you remember "sit" versus "set," and we get ready for Halloween with words that come from monster names. 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 Book: "I'll Be There for You" UPCOMING CONFERENCE https://www.sounded...more

  • 643 - ‘In the Limelight.’ ‘A’ or ‘An’?

    Oct 18 2018

    This week, we figure out why we say people are "in the limelight," and we explain the rules for using "a" and "an"--many people misunderstand the rules (or were taught wrong). 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://mgemi.com/grammar http://nutrafol.com/...more

  • 642 - 'Regard' Versus 'Regards.' Languages Without Numbers.

    Oct 11 2018

    This week, we tease out when to use "regard" and when to use "regards," and we learn about fascinating languages that don't have numbers. 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://ancestry.com/grammar http://www.slate.com/articles/podcasts/women_in_...more

  • 641 - 'Myself.' ‘Get the Skinny.’

    Oct 04 2018

    This week, I help people learn how to use the word "myself" (and talk about some interesting dialects) and investigate about why we say we "get the skinny" on something. 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 SPONSOR http://ancestry.com/grammar UPCOMING CONFERENCE h...more

  • 640 - Can a Screw Screw Itself into a Board? (Middle Voice)

    Sep 27 2018

    This week, we look at an interesting kind of sentence that's written in the "middle voice." 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://campaignmonitor.com/grammar GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME Optimized for iPad: http://bit.ly/GrammarPopiPad For iPad and iPhon...more

  • 639 - Great Paragraphs. Falling off the Turnip Truck.

    Sep 20 2018

    Go beyond formulaic essay rules and create paragraphs that will hook your readers. Also, we figure out why people say they didn't just fall off the turnip truck. 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://campaignmonitor.com/grammar GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME Optimized for iP...more

  • 638 - 'None.' How Pirates Talked.

    Sep 13 2018

    Some people say only "none is" is right, but we tackle "none are." Plus, we have an extra fun segment about pirate-speak for Talk Like a Pirate Day. 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://blinkist.com/grammar http://stitcherpremium.com/grammar (offer co...more

  • 637 - ‘MacGyver.’ ‘Semicolons.’

    Sep 06 2018

    Last week, I talked about "MacGyvering" things, so this week, I explain what I meant. Plus, I talk about one of the most contentious punctuation marks: the semicolon. 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://stitcherpremium.com/grammar (offer code GRAMMAR)...more

  • 636 - 'To Boot.' Duck Tape. 'Can' and 'May.' Pronouns.

    Aug 30 2018

    This week, I have more evidence that "quick and dirty" is from the Pacific Northwest, why we say "to boot," whether the correct name is "duct tape" or "duck tape," whether it's really wrong to say "Can I go to the bathroom," and an excerpt from an interview with June Casagrande about pronouns. FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl Instagram: http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl...more

  • 635 - 'Quick and Dirty.' 'Momentarily.' Short Subjects.

    Aug 24 2018

    For everyone who has wondered why we're called the "Quick and Dirty Tips" podcast network, I have the origin story. Plus, we'll talk about how annoyed you should get when people use "momentarily" to mean "in a moment" and why you should favor shorter subjects and backload your sentences. FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl Instagram: http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl Link...more

  • 634 - 'Rack' or 'Wrack'? How to Eliminate Adverbs.

    Aug 16 2018

    Did you know that "wrack" is a word for seaweed? I didn't! Also, getting rid of adverbs usually improves your writing, but not always. 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://stitcherpremium.com/grammar (offer code GRAMMAR) http://bit.ly/grammarwebinar ...more

  • BONUS: Words for Color

    Aug 14 2018

    Hear one of my favorite segments from a recent Stitcher Premium bonus episode. These are normally available for only Stitcher Premium subscribers, but we want you to see what you're missing! Subscribe to Grammar Girl at Stitcher Premium and use the code GRAMMAR for a free month to get ad-free episodes and bonus episodes as well as premium content from other podcasts such as Freakonomics and Tell Me Something I Don't Know. Read the transcript at https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/gram...more

  • 633 - Is That Comment Facetious, Sarcastic, or Sardonic? Cleft Sentences.

    Aug 09 2018

    Is That Comment Facetious, Sarcastic, or Sardonic? Cleft Sentences. 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://stitcherpremium.com/grammar (offer code GRAMMAR) http://bombas.com/grammar (offer code GRAMMAR) http://bit.ly/grammarwebinar GRAMMAR POP iOS G...more

  • 632 - 'Ask' as a Noun. Ships as 'She.'

    Aug 02 2018

    This week we answer a listener question about "the ask" and look at whether it's OK to call boats, cars, and countries "she." 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://stitcherpremium.com/grammar (offer code GRAMMAR) http://blinkist.com/grammar GRAMMA...more

  • 631 - Anniversaries. Conversate.

    Jul 26 2018

    It's the 12th anniversary of the Grammar Girl podcast! Or is that the 12-year anniversary? No! In honor of this illustrious event, we look at why people say they "conversate" and why they may want to think twice about it. 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 ...more

  • 630 - Who Wrote the ABC Song? Shark Idioms!

    Jul 19 2018

    This week, we talk about who wrote the alphabet song that helps people learn their ABCs, and we investigate six silly idioms about sharks. #SharkWeek 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://stitcherpremium.com/grammar (offer code GRAMMAR) http://babbel.c...more

  • 629 - 'Gourmet' or 'Gourmand'? Why July 14 Is Called Bastille Day.

    Jul 12 2018

    In honor of Bastille Day (July 14), we talk about the difference between a gourmet and a gourmand, and we talk about words the French and English use to insult each other. 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://stitcherpremium.com/grammar (offer code GRA...more

  • 628 - Why 'Bag' and 'Beg' Sound the same to some people? Does 'Texas' Mean 'Crazy'?

    Jul 05 2018

    This week, we’ll talk about why I pronounce the word “aggravate” in a way that irritated many of you, the difference between “interment” and “internment,” and why Norwegians use the word "Texas" to mean “wild” or “crazy.” 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 SPON...more

  • 627 - How to Write a Great Cover Letter. 'Kinda' and 'Wanna': Real Words or Not?

    Jun 28 2018

    How to write a great cover letter. Also, we say "kinda," "wanna," and "gonna," so why don't we write them? 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://stitcherpremium.com/grammar (offer code GRAMMAR) http://magoosh.com (offer code GRAMMAR) GRAMMAR...more

  • 626 - ‘Aggravate’ Versus ‘Irritate’ What Is a Functional Shift?

    Jun 21 2018

    Some people say you shouldn't use "aggravate" to mean "irritate" or "annoy." It has to do with the word's origin. Also, does it irritate you when people use "invite" as a noun? 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://stitcherpremium.com/grammar (o...more

  • 625 - ‘Dinner’ or ‘Supper’? How to Write a Thank-You Note

    Jun 14 2018

    ‘Dinner’ or ‘Supper’? How to Write a Thank-You Note 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 YouTube: http://youtube.com/thegrammargirl SPONSORS The Splendid Table Podcast http://awaytravel.com/grammar (offer code GRAMMAR) http://stitcherpremium.com/grammar (offer...more

  • 624 - ‘Trooper’ and ‘Trouper.” Why Is It Called a Spelling Bee?

    Jun 07 2018

    This week, we talk about the difference between a "trooper" and a "trouper," about why a spelling bee is called a "bee," and about a bunch of other "bee" idioms. 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://babbel.com/GG (offer code GG) http://magoo...more

  • 623 - 'Calvary' or 'Cavalry'? Spelling Bee Interview.

    May 31 2018

    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. FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl Instagram: http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl LinkedIn: http...more

  • 622 - Is a Troop One Person or a Group? Repetition

    May 24 2018

    Is a troop one person or a group, and what's up with obviously repetitive phrases such as "It is what it is"? FOLLOW ALONG ON THE WEBSITE Troops: http://bit.ly/troop-troops Repetition: http://bit.ly/drink-drink   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/gramma...more

  • 621 - ‘Council’ or ‘Counsel’? Direct and Indirect Quotations. Oxymorons.

    May 17 2018

    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." FOLLOW ALONG ON THE WEBSITE 'Council' or 'Counsel'? http://bit.ly/council-counsel Direct and Indirect Quotations: http://bit.ly/direc...more

  • 620 - When to Capitalize 'Mom.' In the Doldrums.

    May 10 2018

    Whether you capitalize "mom" depends on how you are using the word, and did you know that "the doldrums" are an actual location?  FOLLOW ALONG ON THE WEBSITE Capitalizing "Mom": http://bit.ly/capitalize-mom In the Doldrums: http://bit.ly/in-the-doldrums FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl Instagram: http://instagram.com/thegrammar...more

  • 619 - Co-worker. Barefaced and Baldfaced Lies. Mixed Metaphors.

    May 03 2018

    Co-worker. Barefaced and Baldfaced Lies. Mixed Metaphors. FOLLOW ALONG ON THE WEBSITE Does Co-Worker Always Take a Hyphen? http://bit.ly/co-worker-hyphen Barefaced or Baldfaced Lie? http://bit.ly/barefaced-baldfaced Mixed Metaphors: http://bit.ly/mixed-metaphors 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...more

  • 618 - Jazz and Thunder. Say Your Piece (or Peace)?

    Apr 26 2018

    Are sports team names singular or plural? Do you say your piece or say your peace? FOLLOW ALONG ON THE WEBSITE http://bit.ly/sports-teams http://bit.ly/say-your-piece 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 co...more

  • 617 - 'Lay' and 'Lie.' 'Grill' and 'Grille.' 'Warsh.'

    Apr 19 2018

    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: h...more

  • 616 - The Prodigal Tongue. Odoriferous. Battle Royale.

    Apr 12 2018

    This week, I have a delightful excerpt from Lynne Murphy's new book "The Prodigal Tongue" about the differences between British and American English, a tip about words for smells, and a tidbit about the term "battle royale." 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 ...more

  • 615 - Humor with Adverbs. Noisome. Receipts. Case Quarters.

    Apr 05 2018

    This week, we talk about how adverbs can be squishy in what they modify and how that can lead to funny double meanings, about the difference between "noisy" and "noisome," about why people say they "have the receipts," and about the meaning and origin of "case quarter." FOLLOW ALONG ON THE WEBSITE: Adverbs: http://bit.ly/funnyAdverbs Noisome: http://bit.ly/Noisome Receipts: http://bit.ly/TheReceipts Case Quarter: http://bit.ly/CaseQuarter FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitte...more

  • 614 - Illeism. Named For or After? Misinformation and Disinformation.

    Mar 29 2018

    When famous characters or people like Hercule Poirot and LeBron James refer to themselves by their own name, it's called illeism, and it can actually be a useful psychological technique. Then, we explore the difference between being named for someone and named after someone. Finally, we use a carrot hoax from World War II to explain the difference between misinformation and disinformation. FOLLOW ALONG ON THE WEBSITE: Illeism: http://bit.ly/illeism Named For or After: http://bit.ly/named-...more

  • 613 - Dictionary.com Starts Defining Emoji (an interview with Jane Solomon)

    Mar 22 2018

    Dictionary.com has added emoji definitions to its site, and I have an interview with the lexicographer behind the decision, Jane Solomon. Emoji are a lot more linguistically complex than you may imagine. Plus, I remind you of the difference between "aw" and "awe" and the origin that will help you use "awe" especially well. FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl Instagram: http:...more

  • 612 - The Pin/Pen Merger. American. 'Half-Staff' or 'Half-Mast'?

    Mar 16 2018

    This week, we talk about why some people say "pin" and "pen" the same way, why citizens of the United States call themselves "Americans" when other people live on the American continent too, and why flags can be flown at half-mast or half-staff.  FOLLOW ALONG ON THE WEBSITE The Pin/Pen Merger http://bit.ly/pin-pen-merger 'American' http://bit.ly/demonyms 'Half-Staff' and 'Half-Mast' http://bit.ly/half-mast-staff FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook:...more

  • 611 - Pudding. "There Are" Sentences. Winning Limerick

    Mar 08 2018

    This week, we talk about why we say "the proof is in the pudding," why "there are" sentences can be so confusing (what the heck is the subject in such as sentence?), and read the winning limerick from the ACES National Grammar Day limerick contest. FOLLOW ALONG ON THE WEBSITE 'The Proof Is in the Pudding' http://bit.ly/ProofPudding 'There Are' Sentences http://bit.ly/expletiveSentences FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammar...more

  • 610 - Top 10 Grammar Myths. How 13 Dog Breeds Got Their Names.

    Mar 02 2018

    Celebrate National Grammar Day (March 4) by forsaking these common language myths. Also, enter our limerick contest and we might read your limerick in the next Grammar Girl podcast. (Details: http://bit.ly/ACES_limerick2018). Also, some dog breed names are obvious ("retriever," anyone?), but we have the origin of 13 that are more mysterious. FOLLOW ALONG ON THE WEBSITE GRAMMAR MYTHS http://bit.ly/grammarTop10 DOG BREEDS http://bit.ly/dogBreedNames FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://tw...more

  • 609 - Pull Idioms. Surprising Food Names. Dillydally.

    Feb 22 2018

    You're sure to be surprised by the origin of at least one of these idioms that use the word "pull." Plus, we talk about foods that get their names from the dish in which they're cooked and the difference between "dilly dilly" and "dillydally." FOLLOW ALONG ON THE WEBSITE PULL IDIOMS http://bit.ly/PullIdioms FOOD NAMES http://bit.ly/NamesFromPans DILLYDALLY http://bit.ly/Dillydally FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl ...more

  • 608 - Dilly Dilly. How Many Prepositions Can You Put in a Row?

    Feb 15 2018

    This week, we look a sentence from "Cannery Row" and wonder how it can have so many prepositions in a row, and we find the origin of "dilly dilly." 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 GRAMMAR POP Optimized for iPad: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/grammar-pop-hd/id6668...more

  • 607 - Brainstorming. Call Out Sick? Synesis.

    Feb 08 2018

    This week, we talk about tricks to help you get started writing a new essay, article, or novel; whether it's wrong to say you "call out sick"; and what's up with a grammatical concept called "synesis" that can let you break some rules. 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 ...more

  • 606 - Levidromes, Tom Swifty Jokes, and new OED Words.

    Feb 01 2018

    Levidromes, Tom Swifty Jokes, and new OED Words. Plus, how "phony" is related to a jewel con. 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 GRAMMAR POP Optimized for iPad: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/grammar-pop-hd/id666851934?mt=8&ign-mpt...more

  • 605 - A Homophone Error at the SAG Awards. Lectern or Podium? Capitalizing Award Names

    Jan 25 2018

    How a homophone mix up led to Judi Dench bread jokes. Also, the difference between a lectern, a podium, and a dais, and a Quick and Dirty Tip about capitalizing award names. 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 GRAMMAR POP Optimized for iPad: https://itunes.apple.com/us...more

  • BONUS: Introducing Launch

    Jan 22 2018

    This week, I'm excited to share a bonus clip from a new podcast called Launch. Three out of five people dream of writing a book. Few follow through. What does it take to take that from dream to reality? Screenwriter John August (Go, Big Fish, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory) sought to find out as he tackled something he’d only ever dreamed of: writing a novel. From Wondery, this is a show about putting something out into the world. How will it turn out? You’ll know when we do.

  • 604 - Origin of 'Gerrymandering.' Is 'Data' Singular or Plural?

    Jan 18 2018

    This week we explore the origin of the word "gerrymander" and dive into the debate about whether "data" is singular or plural (or both). 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 GRAMMAR POP Optimized for iPad: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/grammar-pop-hd/id666851934?mt=8...more

  • 603 - Words of the Year, Why You Shouldn't Use 'Eskimo,' 'Canon' or 'Cannon'?

    Jan 11 2018

    This week I apologize for using the word "Eskimo," go through all the interesting 2017 words of the year, and give you a tip to remember the difference between "canon" and "cannon." SPONSOR: Visit http://audible.com/GG or text GG to 500-500 to start your 30-day trial and get a free audiobook. FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl Instagram: http://instagra...more

  • 602 - I'm Chuffed.

    Jan 04 2018

    This week we talk about Janus words (or contronyms), which get their name from the same Roman god that gives us the name "January." 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 GRAMMAR POP Optimized for iPad: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/grammar-pop-hd/id666851934?mt=8...more

  • 601 - 'Based In' or 'Based Out Of.' Omitting 'That'

    Dec 28 2017

    Based on, based off, based in, based out of...people are changing the way they use prepositions with "based." Also, people can get overzealous about deleting every "that" they can find in a sentence. Here's why you need it sometimes. 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/gr...more

  • 600 - How to Pronounce 'Caramel.' Sports Idioms

    Dec 21 2017

    Have you been pronouncing "caramel" wrong your whole life? Also, we discuss interesting sports idioms including "in the crosshairs," "jump the gun," and "slam dunk." 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 GRAMMAR POP Optimized for iPad: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/gra...more

  • 599 - Delicious English Words (Chocolate, Guacamole) with Aztec Roots

    Dec 14 2017

    Chocolate, guacamole, and more yummy words we get from Aztec languages. Also, why "lock, stock, and barrel" means "all of it" and what it has to do with Sir Walter Scott. Read the transcript at http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/delicious-english-words-chocolate-guacamole-aztec-roots FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl Instagram: http://instagram.com/thegramma...more

  • 598 - Gifting and Regifting. Take a Decision.

    Dec 08 2017

    Is "gifting" a word, and is regifting rude? Also, do you "take" a decision or "make" a decision? 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 GRAMMAR POP Optimized for iPad: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/grammar-pop-hd/id666851934?mt=8&ign-...more

  • 597 - Eskimo Words for Snow. Write a Book!

    Nov 30 2017

    I bust the myth that Inuit have hundreds of words for snow, and I share an excerpt from Jack Gantos' new book "Writing Radar" that will help you pledge to write a book. 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 GRAMMAR POP Optimized for iPad: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/...more

  • 595 - 'Side' Words. What Is a Bailiwick?

    Nov 16 2017

    While you're planning your Thanksgiving side dishes, enjoy a segment about English "side" words. Plus, what is a bailiwick? 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 GRAMMAR POP Optimized for iPad: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/grammar-pop-hd/id666851934?mt=8&am...more

  • 594 - The Plural of 'Batman.' Why Smart People Struggle with Shakespeare Too.

    Nov 09 2017

    I debate what the plural of "Batman" should be (it's not straightforward!) and explore why the language of Shakespeare is hard to understand, even if you're smart. 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 GRAMMAR POP Optimized for iPad: https://itunes.apple.com/us/a...more

  • 593 - The Origin of English: Proto-Indo-European.

    Nov 02 2017

    We explore the origin of English (and other languages) all the way back to the language known as Proto-Indo-European. 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 GRAMMAR POP Optimized for iPad: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/grammar-pop-hd/id666851934?mt=8&...more

  • 592 - "Sofa" or "Couch"? "Skeleton" Idioms.

    Oct 26 2017

    This week, we talk about the difference between "sofa," "couch," and all the other words for that piece of furniture. Plus, to get in the mood for Halloween, we explore four idioms about skeletons. SPONSOR http://topcashback.com/grammar 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...more

  • 591 - 'Cannot' or 'Can Not'? 'Dead' Idioms.

    Oct 19 2017

    This week, we talk about the difference between "cannot," "can not," "can't," and (horrors!) "cant." Plus, in honor of Halloween, we reveal the origin of three idioms about death. 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://topcash...more

  • 590 - How to Write an Apology

    Oct 12 2017

    How to avoid the worst apologies (the "if" apology, the passive voice apology, the reverse apology, and the florid fauxpology) and write a good apology letter. THE GRAMMAR DAILY 2018 CALENDAR http://amzn.to/2f8jPDG GRAMMAR GIRL BOOKS http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl-book-page FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl Instagram: http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl ...more

  • 589 - The "Ruth's Chris" Apostrophe. Thingamajigs.

    Oct 05 2017

    This week, I talk about what's up with the weird apostrophe in "Ruth's Chris Steak House" and where we get placeholder names like "thingamajig" and "doohickey." 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 GRAMMAR POP Optimized for iPad: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/gramma...more

  • 588 - Why People Mimic Accents. Why People "Have Your Six."

    Sep 28 2017

    This week, I talk about why we mimic accents, about how to pronounce "espresso," about interesting idioms that include the number six. 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 GRAMMAR POP Optimized for iPad: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/grammar-pop-hd/id666851934?mt=8&a...more

  • 587 - More British & American Differences. Quotation Marks with Periods and Commas

    Sep 21 2017

    Quotation Marks with Periods and Commas 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 GRAMMAR POP Optimized for iPad: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/grammar-pop-hd/id666851934?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4 For all iOS Devices: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/grammar-pop-hd/id666851934?mt=8&ign...more

  • 586 - UK and US English. 'Bad' or 'Badly'?

    Sep 15 2017

    Unusual differences I noticed between British and American English on a recent trip. Plus, why you should say you "feed bad" and not that you "feed badly." 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 BOOK...more

  • 585 GG. Rainy Idioms. "Because," "Due To," "Since," and "As"

    Sep 07 2017

    This week, we talk about rainy idioms and when to use "because" for "due to" and "since." 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 THE GRAMMAR...more

  • 584 GG. Pipe Dream. Comma Before a Quotation.

    Sep 01 2017

    The woman who won more than $750 million in the Powerball lottery described it as a "pipe dream," so we look at the origin of the term. Also, whether to use a comma to introduce a quotation is probably more complicated than you think. We have four rules (and examples) to help you get it right. FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl Snapchat: http://snapchat.com/add/thatgrammargirl Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/realgrammar...more

  • 583 GG Important or Importantly? Time Traveler Words

    Aug 25 2017

    This week I tell you why you can ignore people who don't like "more importantly," and we talk about words that were new in 1555, 1967, 1977, and more. 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...more

  • 582 GG. How to Use Quotations. Stop Calling Yourself a Grammar Nazi

    Aug 17 2017

    What do you call yourself? A grammar lover, grammar peever, stickler, grammar grouch, grammando, grammar Nazi? Sure, it's all in fun, but it's time to rethink that last one. 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 GRAMMA...more

  • 581 GG. Riffle and Rifle. Worcestershire Sauce.

    Aug 10 2017

    Worcestershire is pronounced nothing like it is spelled, and Gloucester and Leicester are the same way. We'll talk about some linguistic phenomena that explain the drastic changes. Also, did you know there's a different between riffling through something and rifling through something? You will after this week's show! FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl Snapchat: http://snapchat.com/add/thatgrammargirl Pinterest: http://pint...more

  • 580 GG. Introductory Paragraphs. One of The...

    Aug 03 2017

    Listeners sent in many more interesting phrases from obsolete technologies, and we also talk about how to write a great introductory paragraph and tricky sentence that include "one of the [plural nouns]"--which verb do you use? 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:...more

  • 579 GG Language Games. Jerry-Built. And Female Juniors

    Jul 27 2017

    We talked about "jury-rigged" a few months ago, and everybody wanted to know about "jerry-built," so here you go! Also, we have lots of listener feedback about non-English language games that are like Pig Latin. 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.c...more

  • 578 GG Words from Obsolete Technology

    Jul 20 2017

    Some words survive long after the technology that made us use the words in the first place. Today, we look at words we get from typewriters, old telephones, and more. 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://...more

  • 577 GG The Trump Jr. Punctuation Kerfuffle. Generation Names.

    Jul 13 2017

    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 AMAZON AFFILIATE CODE http://quickanddirtytips.com/amazon GRAMMAR GIRL AP STYLE WEBINAR http://bit.l...more

  • 576 GG Critique or Criticize? Games Like Pig Latin

    Jul 06 2017

    Do you "critique" a novel or "criticize" it? People used to object to one of these two words. And you told me about Pig-Latin-type games in your languages, and I have the run down! This segment is just for fun. Or should that be unfay? Or fubun? Or fulfun? 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/the...more

  • 575 GG Gestures. Elbow Grease. Capitalizing Directions.

    Jun 29 2017

    Knowing when to capitalize a directional word such as "south" can be tricky. I have some guidelines. We also explain why we tell people to use "elbow grease" and review some research on gesturing that will blow your mind. Do you wonder why you talk with your hands, even when you're on the phone? 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:...more

  • 574 GG Commas with Transition Words. Double Whammy.

    Jun 22 2017

    Have you ever wondered how to use a comma with 'however' (or if you even should)? We’ve got the scoop on using commas and semicolons with 'however,' 'therefore,' and other conjunctive adverbs and transition words. Also, you can trace 'double whammy' back to the Lil’ Abner comics. How fun! 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://...more

  • 573 GG Until, Till, and 'Til. Dad Jokes.

    Jun 15 2017

    You've heard them called "dad jokes," but have you ever wondered why? We have a definition and also what we think is the perfect example of a dad joke. Also I'll explain how "until" and "till" are completely separate words and why you should just straight out avoid " 'til." Read the transcript at http://bit.ly/2rSMqR8. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows: www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebo...more

  • 572 GG Themself. Comma Splices.

    Jun 08 2017

    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 G...more

  • 571 GG Lego or Legos? Why English Spelling Reform Is Doomed.

    Jun 01 2017

    If it bothered you last week that I called the toys Legos, you'll like this week's first topic: Lego or Legos? You'll probably like it if you weren't bothered too! Also, in honor of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, we talk about why English spelling reform is doomed. Read the transcript at http://bit.ly/2rAkD9r. 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...more

  • 570 GG Burned or Burnt? Why English Spelling Is a Mess.

    May 26 2017

    Burned or Burnt? Why English Spelling Is a Mess. 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 AMAZON AFFILIATE CODE http://quickanddirtytips.com/a...more

  • 569 GG. Explain vs. Explanation. How to Outline.

    May 18 2017

    If you've ever wondered why "explain" has an I but "explanation" doesn't, we have the answer. Also, need help jumpstarting your writing process? Here's why composing an outline is key. (Plus, could Grammar Girl be replaced by a robot?) 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...more

  • 568 GG. In or Among. Weird Words.

    May 12 2017

    This week we talk about why you might describe someone as "among bushes" instead of "in the bushes," and we talk about how we get weird words like "gaga," "flip-flop" and "dillydally." 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 ...more

  • 567 Is Pig Latin a Real Language?

    May 04 2017

    This week we talk about the origin of the word "harbinger" (and I sing about swans) and whether Pig Latin qualifies as a language. 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....more

  • 566 GG. Off Your Feed. Animal Language.

    Apr 27 2017

    Off Your Feed. Animal Language.

  • 565 GG. Apple, Podcasts, and Prepositions. Forensic Linguistics.

    Apr 20 2017

    Apple, Podcasts, and Prepositions. Forensic Linguistics.

  • 564 GG. Preposition or Adverb?

    Apr 13 2017

    The weird complications about words such as "up" and "over" that make people fight about whether they are prepositions or adverbs. 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...more

  • 563 GG Singular 'They'

    Apr 07 2017

    Singular 'They'

  • 562 GG AP Style and Chicago Manual of Style Updates

    Mar 31 2017

    AP Style and Chicago Manual of Style Updates 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 AMAZON AFFILIATE CODE http://quickanddirtytips.com/amazo...more

  • 561 GG $10 Million Comma. Ambiguous Sentences. Tribute to Bill Walsh

    Mar 23 2017

    The $10 Million Comma. Ambiguous Sentences. A Tribute to Bill Walsh.

  • 560 GG Devil's Advocate. 3 Tips for Creating Sentences with Punch

    Mar 16 2017

    This week we talk about why we call someone a "devil's advocate" and why the rules of writing are the same for good lawyers and good thriller writers. 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://ww...more

  • 559 GG. Abbreviations. And Then the Murders Began. Runcible. Haiku.

    Mar 10 2017

    This week, I have a Quick and Dirty Tip about how to define abbreviations that you use over and over in a document and a tidbit about a fun internet meme called #LaidlawsRule. And, to finish our little poetry kick over the last couple of weeks, I have a tidbit about a word that comes from the old nonsense poem “The Owl and the Pussycat” and the winner of the National Grammar Day haiku contest.

  • 558 GG How to Write Good Survey Questions

    Mar 03 2017

    How to avoid biasing your questions and annoying your respondents.

  • 557 GG Double Dactyl Poetry

    Feb 23 2017

    Write a double dactyl poem in honor of National Grammar Day. FOLLOW ALONG ON THE WEBSITE Double Dactyl Poetry: http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/node/9136 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 BOOK...more

  • 556 GG Tumult. Bull in a China Shop. Always, Never, Usually, Often, Most, and More

    Feb 16 2017

    FOLLOW ALONG ON THE WEBSITE Tumult: http://bit.ly/2lSXWtI Absolutes: http://bit.ly/2kD6CTf DISCOVERY CHANNEL 'BULL IN A CHINA SHOP' VIDEO http://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/mythbusters/videos/bull-in-a-china-shop/ 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://w...more

  • 555 GG. Toe/Tow the Line. Pled or Pleaded. Animal Idioms.

    Feb 09 2017

    This week we talk about "toeing the line," "pled" versus "pleaded," and animal idioms such as "There's an eel under the rock." 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/g...more

  • 554 GG 'Reticent' or 'Reluctant.' Which' or 'That.'

    Feb 02 2017

    This week we talk about the difference between "reluctant" and "reticent" and when to use "which" or "that." 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-gir...more

  • 553 GG Not Only, But Also. Leave in the Lurch. Month Names.

    Jan 27 2017

    This week we talk about a common error you should avoid when using "not only" with "but also." We examine why we talk about leaving someone "in the lurch." What's a lurch? And finally, we look at the interesting origins of the month names in English. 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...more

  • 551 Capital vs Capitol. Citing Podcasts and Websites

    Jan 19 2017

    Are people in the capitol or capital this weekend? Also, why do citations even matter and what should you look for in a source? SPONSORS Download the Dunkin' app and enroll in DD Perks with the code PODCAST to get a free Dunkin' beverage. GlassesUSA.com/Grammar with the code grammar55 gets you 55% off. (Some exclusions apply.) UPDATED AP STYLE INTERACTIVE WEB COURSE http://www.ragan.com/Z5AC03-MACMIL FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://face...more

  • 551 GG. Words of the Year. Writing Tips.

    Jan 12 2017

    This week, we discuss the words of the year and four simple ways to write better in the new year. UPDATED AP STYLE INTERACTIVE WEB COURSE http://www.ragan.com/Z5AC03-MACMIL 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...more

  • 550 GG Enormity or Enormousness? Badminton

    Jan 05 2017

    This week we discuss whether there is really a difference between "enormity" and "enormousness" and about how badminton (not badmitten) got its name. UPDATED AP STYLE INTERACTIVE WEB COURSE http://www.ragan.com/Z5AC03-MACMIL 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:...more

  • 549 GG Hone/Home In. Apostrophes.

    Dec 29 2016

    A great memory trick to remember the difference between homing and honing (plus a complete aside about spiderwebs). Also, an solution to the mystery of why you sometimes see "farmers market" with and apostrophe and sometimes you see it without an apostrophe. UPDATED AP STYLE INTERACTIVE WEB COURSE http://www.ragan.com/Z5AC03-MACMIL FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl Snapchat: http://snapchat.com/add/thatgrammargirl ...more

  • 548 GG. What Makes Good Stories.

    Dec 22 2016

    What’s your favorite book and why? The questions are more than just a way to fill your online dating profile—they’re insights into how beloved stories push our psychological and neurological buttons. How does good writing grab you by the brain? My fellow QDT host, Savvy Psychologist Dr. Ellen Hendriksen, leads us through four things your brain relishes in a good story.

  • 547 GG 'A While' or 'Awhile'? Writing Dialogue

    Dec 15 2016

    FOLLOW ALONG ON THE WEBSITE Writing Dialogue http://bit.ly/writing_dialogue 'A While' or 'Awhile'? http://bit.ly/a-while UPDATED AP STYLE INTERACTIVE WEB COURSE http://www.ragan.com/Z5AC03-MACMIL 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/...more

  • 546 GG Anxious/Eager. If Not.

    Dec 08 2016

    FOLLOW ALONG ON THE WEBSITE Anxious or Eager? http://bit.ly/anxiouseager If Not: http://bit.ly/ifnot SPONSORS http://sockclub.com/grammar and the code "grammar" http://www.audible.com/gg UPDATED AP STYLE INTERACTIVE WEB COURSE http://www.ragan.com/Z5AC03-MACMIL 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...more

  • 545 GG Read the Riot Act. The Changing English Language.

    Dec 01 2016

    FOLLOW ALONG ON THE WEBSITE English Is Flexible http://bit.ly/EnglishIsFlexible Read the Riot Act http://bit.ly/ReadTheRiotAct SPONSORS http://sockclub.com/grammar and the code "grammar" http://blurb.com/grammar and the code "grammar" UPDATED AP STYLE INTERACTIVE WEB COURSE http://www.ragan.com/Z5AC03-MACMIL FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl Snapchat: http://snapchat.com/add/thatgrammargirl Pinterest: http://...more

  • 544 GG. Pilgrim Names. Pronouncing Foreign Words

    Nov 24 2016

    FOLLOW ALONG ON THE WEBSITE Pronouncing Foreign Words: http://bit.ly/2fiPCQf SPONSOR http://blurb.com/GRAMMAR and the promo code GRAMMAR for 25% off. http://sockclub.com and the promo code GRAMMAR for 15% off. UPDATED AP STYLE INTERACTIVE WEB COURSE http://www.ragan.com/Z5AC03-MACMIL FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl Snapchat: http://snapchat.com/add/thatgrammargirl Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/realgrammargi...more

  • 543 GG. By the Wayside. How to Pronounce 'Biopic'

    Nov 17 2016

    FOLLOW ALONG ON THE WEBSITE By the Wayside http://bit.ly/2fNt0aq Pronouncing "Biopic" http://bit.ly/2fwymYl SPONSOR http://audible.com/gg UPDATED AP STYLE INTERACTIVE WEB COURSE http://www.ragan.com/Z5AC03-MACMIL 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://ww...more

  • 542 GG. 'Aloud' or "Out Loud'? Strong Voice

    Nov 11 2016

    FOLLOW ALONG ON THE WEBSITE 'Aloud' or 'Out Loud'? http://bit.ly/aloud-out-loud Crafting a Strong Voice: http://bit.ly/strong-voice SPONSOR http://blueapron.com/grammar UPDATED AP STYLE INTERACTIVE WEB COURSE http://www.ragan.com/Z5AC03-MACMIL 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/thegr...more

  • 541 GG Before or Prior To? Foreign Language Syndrome

    Nov 03 2016

    FOLLOW ALONG ON THE WEBSITE 'Prior To' or 'Before'? http://bit.ly/prior-to Foreign Language Syndrome: http://bit.ly/foreign-language-syndrome SPONSOR http://Audible.com/gg UPDATED AP STYLE INTERACTIVE WEB COURSE http://www.ragan.com/Z5AC03-MACMIL 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/th...more

  • 540 GG. Cemetery or Graveyard? Peer Editing. To Calendar.

    Oct 27 2016

    UPDATED AP STYLE INTERACTIVE WEB COURSE http://www.ragan.com/Z5AC03-MACMIL 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 AMAZON AFFILIATE CODE http:...more

  • 539 GG Capitalizing Job Titles. I.e. Versus E.g. Sentence Diagramming

    Oct 20 2016

    FOLLOW ALONG ON THE WEBSITE Capitalizing Job Titles http://bit.ly/capitalize-titles I.e. Versus E.g. http://bit.ly/IE-EG Sentence Diagramming http://bit.ly/sentence-diagram SPONSORS http://modcloth.com code:grammar http://blueapron.com/grammar UPDATED AP STYLE INTERACTIVE WEB COURSE http://www.ragan.com/Z5AC03-MACMIL AMAZON AFFILIATE CODE http://quickanddirtytips.com/amazon FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl ...more

  • 538 Alumni. Words from Bookmaking. Beyond the Pale

    Oct 14 2016

    FOLLOW ALONG ON THE WEBSITE Alums or Alumni? http://bit.ly/alum-alumni Words from Bookmaking http://bit.ly/bookmaking-words Beyond the Pale http://bit.ly/beyond-the-pale SPONSORS http://modcloth.com code grammar http://audible.com/gg AMAZON AFFILIATE CODE http://quickanddirtytips.com/amazon FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl Snapchat: http://snapchat.com/add/thatgrammargirl Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl Instagra...more

  • 537 GG "Further" Versus "Farther." Horse's Mouth

    Oct 07 2016

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  • 536 GG Hit the Bestseller List: How to Style Your Words Like a Bestselling Author

    Sep 29 2016

    FOLLOW ALONG ON THE WEBSITE Canceled or Cancelled? http://bit.ly/cancelled-canceled Why Homecoming is HoCo: http://bit.ly/homecoming-hoco The Bestseller Code: Jodie Archer and Matthew Jockers, the authors of The Bestseller Code, give some quick tips on how to style your words like a bestselling author. http://bit.ly/BestsellerCode SPONSORS http://ag.co/grammar Use the code "grammar" at checkout for a discount. http://blueapron.com/grammar AMAZON AFFILIATE CODE http://quickanddirtyt...more

  • 535 GG Anyways or Anyway? Topic Sentences

    Sep 22 2016

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  • 534 GG. Bridget Jones. Pay Dirt. Dashes.

    Sep 15 2016

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  • 533 GG. Etc. Short Shrift. Prepositions

    Sep 08 2016

    FOLLOW ALONG ON THE WEBSITE How to Pronounce 'Etcetera': http://bit.ly/pronounce-etc Short Shrift http://bit.ly/short-shrift Prepositions Aren't Literal: http://bit.ly/not-literal SPONSORS http://ag.co/grammar Use the code "grammar" at checkout for a discount. http://audible.com/gg AMAZON AFFILIATE CODE http://quickanddirtytips.com/amazon FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl Snapchat: http://snapchat.com/add/thatg...more

  • 532 GG Loose or Lose. You Wazzock.

    Sep 01 2016

    FOLLOW ALONG ON THE WEBSITE 'Loose' or 'Lose'? http://bit.ly/LooseLose Origin of 'Loose as a Goose' http://bit.ly/LooseGoose You Wazzock! http://bit.ly/wazzock SPONSOR http://ag.co/grammar Use the code "grammar" at checkout for a discount. AMAZON AFFILIATE CODE http://quickanddirtytips.com/amazon FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl Snapchat: http://snapchat.com/add/thatgrammargirl Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/...more

  • 531 GG Writing Dual POVs. Space Operas and Soap Operas.

    Aug 25 2016

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  • 530 GG Whom. Preorder. Badger, Weasel, Ferret.

    Aug 18 2016

    FOLLOW ALONG ON THE WEBSITE "Who" Versus "Whom": http://bit.ly/Who-Whom Preorder: http://bit.ly/CanISayPreorder Idioms of the Forest: http://bit.ly/BadgerWeaselFerret SPONSORS http://magoosh.com Use the code "grammar" at checkout for 20% off. http://casper.com/gg Use the code "GG" at checkout for $50 off. AMAZON AFFILIATE CODE http://quickanddirtytips.com/amazon FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl Snapchat: http:...more

  • 529 GG Latin Words. Batten Down the Hatches

    Aug 11 2016

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  • 528 GG Adjectives. Logical Fallacies

    Aug 04 2016

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  • 527 GG 'Lit' or 'Lighted.' Why Some Words Become Homophones

    Jul 29 2016

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  • 526 GG Types of Third Person Point of View. Flammable and Inflammable

    Jul 22 2016

    FOLLOW ALONG ON THE WEBSITE WHY DOES "INFLAMMABLE" MEAN "FLAMMABLE"? When we’re describing something that burns easily, we say it’s flammable, but "inflammable" means the same thing and was the original word, so why do we have both? http://bit.ly/inflammableORflammable THIRD PERSON: There are three main types of third person point of view in literature: third person limited, third person omniscient, and third person objective. Each has advantages and disadvantages. Here's the run-down and ...more

  • 525 GG Food Idioms. 'Affective' or 'Effective'

    Jul 15 2016

    Why do we say 'Take it with a grain of salt' and other food idioms? Is it 'affective' or 'effective'? FOLLOW ALONG ON THE WEBSITE: http://bit.ly/affective-effective http://bit.ly/food-idioms SPONSORS: http://magoosh.com Use the code "grammar" at checkout for 20% off. http://igloosoftware.com/grammargirl AMAZON AFFILIATE CODE http://quickanddirtytips.com/amazon FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl Snapchat: http:...more

  • 524 GG. Affect Versus Effect. How to Pronounce The

    Jul 07 2016

    HOW TO PRONOUNCE "THE": Did you know there are two ways to pronounce "the," and the rule that governs which pronunciation you choose is kind of like how you choose between "a" and "an"? "AFFECT" VERSUS "EFFECT": I get asked whether to use "affect" or "effect" all the time, and it is by far the most requested grammar topic, so I have a few memory tricks to help you remember. SPONSOR http://audible.com/gg Recommended b...more

  • 523 GG Sightseeing. On Accident Versus by Accident

    Jun 30 2016

    SIGHTSEEING: A listener asked, “Why is it sightseeing and not siteseeing? Aren't you seeing sites? Sightseeing sounds redundant.” Interesting question! ON ACCIDENT or BY ACCIDENT: A listener asked, "What is the deal with the term on accident? I've always used by accident, but I've noticed a lot of pretty smart people . . . I've noticed them using on accident. So, am I wrong?" Sometimes when I get questions like this I can't find an answer, but in this case, I hit pay dirt! I was lucky enough ...more

  • 522 GG Hearty or Hardy? How English Became English. Jury-Rigged.

    Jun 23 2016

    HEARTY OR HARDY? A listener named Cheryl left a comment on the Grammar Girl Facebook page asking me to write about the difference between hearty and hardy. She wrote, “I am a writer and get confused on the usage of the two adjectives. Love your podcast and appreciate your shows and tips!” HOW ENGLISH BECAME ENGLISH. Today, I have an excerpt from Simon Horobin’s new book, How English Became English. I especially liked the part about English in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Asia bec...more

  • 521 GG Is Funnest a Word? How to Pronounce Adirondack.

    Jun 16 2016

    HOW TO PRONOUNCE ADIRONDACK: Apparently, I’ve been mispronouncing "Adirondack" my whole life, and thanks to the listeners who let me know. WRITING FOR AUDIO: A listener named Tim wrote that he heard someone on NPR say that another person “often frequented” a venue, and Tom thought the phrase "often frequented" sounded redundant. IS FUNNEST A WORD? Researching the word “funnest” and its close relation “funner” turned out to be a lot less fun than I had hoped. The opinions are so varied that...more

  • 520 GG Band Names. Woman or Female?

    Jun 10 2016

    BAND NAMES: When referring to a rock band, do I use the single form "is" or "are"? Does the band name dictate the usage? WOMAN OR FEMALE? The question of word choice is rising again—Is Hilary Clinton the first "female" presidential nominee from a major party or the first "woman" nominee? SPONSOR http://audible.com/gg PODCAST AWARDS: You can vote every day through June 12. http://podcastawards.com AMAZON AFFILIATE CODE http://quickanddirtytips.com/ama...more

  • 519 GG RBIs. Principal and Principle. Run of the Mill

    Jun 02 2016

    HOW TO MAKE RBI PLURAL: Baseball season has started, so it’s a good time to answer questions from listeners who have asked how to make an abbreviation such as "RBI" plural. PRINCIPAL OR PRINCIPLE? Today we’re going to recall that the principal is indeed your “pal,” but we’ll also see that a principal can be so much more. In this episode we’ll talk about the various ways to use “principle”—that’s “p-l-e”—and &...more

  • 518 GG Are You Interurban? Vonnegut's Famous Semicolon Quotation Was Taken Out of Context. Off the Cuff.

    May 26 2016

    ARE YOU INTERURBAN? When you split your time between the East Coast and the West Coast, you can call yourself “bicoastal.” What about when you’re splitting your time between two cities, like a listener named Jeff, who splits his time between New York City and Boston? VONNEGUT'S FAMOUS SEMICOLON QUOTATION. I couldn’t imagine that any talented writer would so universally dismiss an entire punctuation mark. Not one to take things at face value, I went searching and quickly found that the Vonnegu...more

  • 517 GG Why Do We Call It Commencement? When to Delete "It"

    May 19 2016

    COMMENCEMENT: Last week a professor in my department asked me why we call a graduation ceremony “commencement” when the event marks the end of college. “To commence” means “to begin,” not end, so it seems like an odd name for the ceremony. DELETE 'IT': Want a timeless, painless tip that quickly helps you clarify your writing? Look for it. What William Cobbett said two centuries ago still rings true: “The word it is the greatest troubler that I know of in language. It is so small, and so conve...more

  • 516 GG Celsius Versus Centigrade. 'Between' Versus 'Among'

    May 12 2016

    Celsius Versus Centigrade: Anders Celsius was a Swedish astronomer who invented a thermometer based on the boiling point and freezing point of water. We know a slightly improved version of his thermometer by the Celsius name and by the word "centigrade." This centigrade thermometer was named in honor of Celsius in 1948 at the ninth International Conference of Weights and Measures. 'Between' Versus 'Among': Many people believe "between" should be used for choices involving two items and "among...more

  • 515 GG Home vs. Away? How to Make Product Names Plural

    May 05 2016

    Away Versus Home? A listener named Alan wrote, “When using the word versus, does it make a difference as to what is placed before and what is placed after? For example: Roe versus Wade or Red Sox versus Yankees. In other words, by rule is one the challenger, and the other the challenged?” How to Make Product Names Plural: Two Silicon Valley guys were talking on Twitter about whether they should say they have two iPad Pros or two iPads Pro. Then Schiller jumped in to say: “One need never plur...more

  • 514 GG Brouhaha. New Words. One Fell Swoop.

    Apr 29 2016

    Last week, ESPN fired Curt Schilling because of offensive remarks he made on social media, and in his follow-up statement, Schilling referred to the brouhaha, but he misspelled the word as brew ha ha, like the name of a beerfest in my hometown. (Follow along on the website: http://j.mp/brouhaha-origin) Merriam-Webster added "athleisure" to the unabridged dictionary, but the editors had been watching the word for a while before they decided to add it. In a "Words We’re Watching” blog post in J...more

  • 513 GG North or Northbound. Subjunctive Verbs.

    Apr 21 2016

    Carrie from New Orleans asked me to help her understand whether she should say "I wish I were more perceptive" or "I wish I was more perceptive." It's a great question because it's something that a lot of people don't know. (Follow along on the website: http://j.mp/subjunctive-verbs) A listener named Cyndi works in the auto claims department at an insurance company and asked how to use directional words--for example, when should she use "north" and when should she use "northbound"? (Follow al...more

  • 512 GG Titled or Entitled? AP Style Updates. Into Thin Air.

    Apr 14 2016

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  • 511 GG Pronouncing Pulitzer. Navajo Codes in WWII

    Apr 07 2016

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  • 510 GG How Aphasia Causes Difficulty Speaking

    Mar 31 2016

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  • 509 GG Charlie Chaplin Grammar. S-Backing.

    Mar 24 2016

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  • 508 GG. Haiku Winners. Great Story Ideas

    Mar 17 2016

    FOLLOW ALONG ON THE WEBSITE National Grammar Day Haiku Winners: http://j.mp/1Uk71t5 14 Tips for Coming Up with Freelance Story Ideas You Can Sell: http://j.mp/1Uk7746 "The Essential Guide to Freelance Writing" by Zachary Petit WINNERS INFO https://twitter.com/SnoozeInBrief https://twitter.com/monicasharman https://twitter.com/sesquiotic https://twitter.com/larry_kunz SPONSORS http://verbling.com Promo code: grammargirl http://lifelock.com Promo code: grammar FOLLOW GRAMMAR ...more

  • 507 Patty or Paddy? Needs Washed

    Mar 10 2016

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  • 506 GG Subordinate Clause Examples

    Mar 04 2016

    “Subordinate clause” is the name you’re more likely to have learned in school, but the other name, “dependent clause,” may help you better understand what they do because adding that subordinating conjunction to the head of the clause makes it dependent on a main clause. Today, I have an explanation, plus examples with zombies! Also, featured listeners and National Grammar Day news. Sponsor: http://audible.com/gg Amazon Affiliate Link: http://quickanddirtytips.com/amazon Grammar Girl...more

  • 505 GG Maudlin. Vocabulary Words

    Feb 25 2016

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  • 504 GG Shined or Shone? Idioms About Tea

    Feb 18 2016

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  • 503 GG What Is a Canard?

    Feb 11 2016

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  • 502 GG. Straw Man. Wicked.

    Feb 04 2016

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  • 501 GG Word Families. Caucus

    Jan 28 2016

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  • 500 GG Redundancy. Letters of Recommendation.

    Jan 21 2016

    Follow along on the website: Redundancy:http://j.mp/1PGcT99 Letters of Recommendation: http://j.mp/20fJRVo Sponsors: http://audible.com/gg http://feverbornbook.com Wow! It's episode 500. Thanks to everyone. Tell me your story about how you listen. Leave it as a comment on the post pinned to the top of the page at http://facebook.com/GrammarGirl.

  • 499 GG Current or Currant? Singular They

    Jan 14 2016

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  • 498 GG A Joke About a Mongoose. Writing Dates.

    Jan 07 2016

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  • 497 GG Should You Capitalize 'the Force' from Star Wars?

    Dec 31 2015

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  • 496 GG Plural of Hippopotamus

    Dec 24 2015

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  • 495 GG Pair. Misusing “So” and “Very.” Even Keel

    Dec 17 2015

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  • 494 GG Pair. Forensic Linguistics. In Cold Blood

    Dec 10 2015

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  • 493 GG Hoofs or Hooves? Color Phrases

    Dec 03 2015

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  • 492. GG. Blue. Kith and Kin

    Nov 27 2015

    This week, we look at 10 different meanings of the word "blue," including two that are the opposite of each other, and we learn what "kith" means in "kith and kin." Happy Thanksgiving. Follow along on the website: 10 Meanings of 'Blue': http://j.mp/1T2oBOm Kith and Kin: http://j.mp/1jiXWjW Sponsors http://thirdlove.com/grammar http://sockfancy.com Use the code "grammar" If you're shopping at Amazon, we appreciate it when you use our link: http://quickanddirtytips.com/amazon

  • 491 GG Social Media. Internal Dialogue.

    Nov 19 2015

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  • 490 GG Formatting URLs in Text

    Nov 12 2015

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  • 489 GG Dialogue Tags. Writing Fight Scenes. NaNoWriMo

    Nov 05 2015

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  • 488 GG Hallowe'en. Apostrophes. The Garden Path

    Oct 29 2015

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  • 487 GG Wolf or Woof. Interrobang. Riding Roughshod

    Oct 22 2015

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  • 486 - Suffragette. Ginormous

    Oct 15 2015

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  • 485 GG Firstly. Exclamation Points. Leeway.

    Oct 08 2015

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  • 484 GG Mantel or Mantle? Bulleted Lists

    Oct 01 2015

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  • 483 GG Sort, Kind, or Type? Homophones, Homographs, and Homonyms

    Sep 24 2015

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  • 482 GG Amused or Bemused. Being Bilingual. Positive Anymore.

    Sep 17 2015

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  • 481 GG And/Or. That Should Be a Word.

    Sep 10 2015

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  • 480 GG Matriculate. Diminutives. Crocodile or Alligator?

    Sep 03 2015

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  • 479 GG Scrabble in Different Parts of the World

    Aug 28 2015

    Scrabble in Different Parts of the World

  • 478 GG Why English Has Silent Letters

    Aug 20 2015

    Follow along on the website: Fictitious Versus Fictional: http://bit.ly/1Nmnr0A Silent Letters: http://bit.ly/1hqOjQl Adult, Adolescent, Adultery: http://bit.ly/1KwPAvM Sponsor: http://edx.org/gg

  • 477 GG Scrabble Extravaganza

    Aug 13 2015

    Follow along on the website: Scrabble Expert Interviews: http://bit.ly/1MqVrZF

  • 476 GG Zero Percent, Prefixes and Suffixes, Malapropisms

    Aug 06 2015

    Follow along on the website: Zero Percent http://bit.ly/1Mnyu8v Prefixes and Suffixes http://bit.ly/1ejOkD3 Malapropisms: http://bit.ly/1eT5tDU Thanks to Audible for supporting our podcast. For a special summer promotion to encourage reluctant readers to embrace books, go to Audible.com/patterson

  • 281 How Do Words Get in the Dictionary?

    Jul 31 2015

    Follow along on the website: How Do Words Get in the Dictionary? http://j.mp/1IHGSKr

  • 475 GG How a Comma Can Get You out of a Parking Ticket

    Jul 23 2015

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  • 474 GG Flesh Out. Last Names. Hat Trick.

    Jul 16 2015

    Follow along on the website: Flesh Out or Flush Out? http://j.mp/1TDrE0x Last Names: http://j.mp/1V57cHH Hat Trick: http://j.mp/1Mv2j4O Help the show by taking our short survey: http://podsurvey.com/grammar Grammar Girl on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/realgrammargirl/

  • 473 GG How Understanding Toy Story Can Help You Get into College

    Jul 09 2015

    Follow along on the website: Ban Together or Band Together? http://j.mp/1JTe7xl How Understanding 'Toy Story' Can Help Get You into College. http://j.mp/1S7L4Ik Left Holding the Bag. http://j.mp/1gmXhNG Sponsor: http://AudiblePodcast.com/GG

  • 472 GG Citizen or Resident? Let's and Let Us. Newfangled.

    Jun 23 2015

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  • 471 GG Size versus Sized. When Is It OK to Be Redundant? Mind Your P’s and Q’s.

    Jun 18 2015

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  • 470 GG Prepositions in Shakespeare

    Jun 12 2015

    Follow Along on the Website: How Many Spaces After a Colon? http://bit.ly/1EFJVQF Prepositions in Shakespeare http://bit.ly/1Rwb7KU A Treat http://bit.ly/1AAwmqw

  • 469 GG Kudos. Crossword Puzzles. Squad Goals. June 4, 2015.

    Jun 04 2015

    Follow Along on the Website: The Meaning of Kudos http://bit.ly/1SEAko0 What Does 'Squad Goals' Mean? http://bit.ly/1JhBqmC Crosswords http://bit.ly/1d23nAV

  • 468 GG Congratulations. Food Names That Come From Countries…or Not. Tall Poppy Syndrome.

    May 28 2015

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  • 467 GG Deep Seeded or Deep Seated?, Lewis Carroll: He Loved to Play with Language, Japanese Words in English

    May 21 2015

    Follow along on the website: Deep Seeded or Deep Seated? http://bit.ly/1IRDyQj Lewis Carroll: He Loved to Play with Language http://bit.ly/1GsAh9S Japanese Words in English http://bit.ly/1F06qAl

  • 466 GG Healthy Versus Healthful. The Best SAT Essay Ever. Fast and Loose

    May 14 2015

    Follow along on the website: Healthy Versus Healthful http://bit.ly/1Hem0wb The Best SAT Essay Ever Article: http://bit.ly/1H4dr4c PDF of the Essay: http://j.mp/1cVMKHV Fast and Loose http://bit.ly/1A1704R

  • 465 GG Two Spaces After a Period?

    May 07 2015

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  • 464 GG Weird Conditionals

    Apr 30 2015

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  • 463 GG Most or Almost. Parallel Structure. Follow Suit

    Apr 23 2015

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  • 462 GG Everyday. Ain't. Eponyms

    Apr 16 2015

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  • 461 GG Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen

    Apr 09 2015

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  • 105 Yoda Grammar (Reissue)

    Apr 02 2015

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  • 460 GG Global English: Prepone, Do the Needful, and More

    Mar 26 2015

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  • 459 GG Subject-Verb Agreement

    Mar 19 2015

    Follow Along on the Website: 'Wrong' Versus 'Wrongly' http://j.mp/1xjQN9H Subject-Verb Agreement http://j.mp/1xClTnM Is 'Heighth' a Word? http://j.mp/1GvnEIq Vote in the Podcast Awards http://j.mp/1G4ixy8

  • 458 GG Can You Process These Tricky, but Grammatical, Sentences?

    Mar 13 2015

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  • 457 GG If Versus Whether

    Mar 05 2015

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  • 456 GG Is Starting a Sentence With So Condescending?

    Feb 26 2015

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  • Announcement

    Feb 20 2015

    There was a death in my family, so I don't have a show this week. I'll be back next week. If you're looking for something new to listen to while I'm away, try one of the other Quick and Dirty Tips podcasts. Some of them are listed here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/grammar-girl-quick-dirty-tips/id173429229?mt=2

  • 455 GG Why Do We Drive on Parkways and Park on Driveways?

    Feb 12 2015

    Follow along on the website: Dreamed or Dreamt? http://j.mp/1E2oQBF Parkway, Driveway, and Dooryard http://j.mp/1zNdcei Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo http://j.mp/1EbYdtP Watch my TEDx talk: Who Votes for New Words? http://j.mp/ggTEDx

  • 454 GG Splitting Infinitives

    Feb 05 2015

    Capitalizing Theories. Splitting Infinitives. Samuel Johnson.

  • 453 GG Less Versus Fewer

    Jan 29 2015

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  • 452 GG Why People Misuse Prepositions

    Jan 22 2015

    Follow along on the website: Compliment Versus Complement http://j.mp/184vjlA Saving Our Prepositions http://j.mp/1yOHBdJ How 8 Fonts Got Their Names http://j.mp/1xZXLdg Try my iOS game, Grammar Pop http://j.mp/1H5YiSj

  • 451 GG Impossible Participals

    Jan 15 2015

    Follow along on the website. Commas Before "Jr." http://j.mp/1BYaNOx Impossible Participles http://j.mp/1u2BXCZ Onomatopoeia http://j.mp/1AXQQZa Try my iOS game, Grammar Pop http://j.mp/1H5YiSj

  • 450 GG Is Sign Language Universal?

    Jan 08 2015

    Tons of fascinating tidbits about sign language from interpreter David Peach Follow along online: http://j.mp/1EQ3dsJ Find David online: http://twitter.com/dpeach http://learnsigns.com Sponsor: http://AudiblePodcast.com/GG Try my iOS game, Grammar Pop: http://j.mp/1H5YiSj

  • 449 GG Double Possessives

    Jan 01 2015

    Follow along on the website: Transitive Versus Intransitive Verbs http://j.mp/1AUkNaZ Double Possessives http://j.mp/1x8OVy2 Try my iOS game, Grammar Pop http://j.mp/1H5YiSj

  • 448 GG How Our Brains Process Hyperbole

    Dec 25 2014

    Follow along on the website: Champ Versus Chomp http://j.mp/1Cp9TsZ Hyperbole http://j.mp/1HkXt6c Adulting http://j.mp/1sNOALZ

  • 447 GG Weird Ideas About Paragraph Length

    Dec 18 2014

    Read along on the website: Why Some Disease Names Are Capitalized http://j.mp/16x24qJ How Long Should a Paragraph Be? http://j.mp/13hHVD5 Johannes Gutenberg http://j.mp/1r4cjMs SPONSOR LINKS http://AudiblePodcast.com/GG http://Audible.com/legion

  • 446 GG Why Don't People Say "Thou" Anymore

    Dec 11 2014

    Read along on the website: What Does "Xmas" Really Mean? http://bit.ly/1xkSUsL Why Don't People Say "Thou" Anymore? http://bit.ly/1sv4joy Who Says "Kitty-Corner" and Who Says "Catty-Corner" http://bit.ly/1yTXXkt Grammar Girl books make a great gift! http://bit.ly/1xkT3fC

  • 445 GG Why Do People Say "Like" All the Time?

    Dec 04 2014

    Read along on the website" Is "Boughten" a Word? http://j.mp/1tUEecu Did Valley Girls Invent "Like"? http://j.mp/12CCHlG Is German Chocolate Cake from Germany? http://j.mp/1w4pyyW Learn More About my December 12 Writing Webcast http://bitly.com/ggwebcast

  • 444 GG Between You and Me

    Nov 27 2014

    Read along on the website: Lightning versus Lightening http://bit.ly/121kVb0 Between You and Me http://bit.ly/1AnHpif How Teddy Bears Got Their Name http://bit.ly/1AnH8fc Sign up for my December 12 corporate webcast. http://bitly.com/ggwebcast

  • 443 GG Done Versus Finished

    Nov 20 2014

    Done Versus Finished (Follow along at the website: http://bit.ly/1uNZgyH) Types of Nouns (http://bit.ly/1vwzG3c) Why Grimm's Fairy Tales Should Make You Think of Linguistics (http://bit.ly/1yzfHOs) Try my iOS game, Grammar Pop: http://bit.ly/14eeMDb

  • 442 GG Make Me a Sandwich

    Nov 13 2014

    Based on Versus Based off. Make Me a Sandwich: A Joke About Verbs. How to Pronounce Zero

  • 441 GG Mic or Mike? Simple or Simplistic? Uppercase and Lowercase

    Nov 06 2014

    Mic or Mike? Simple or Simplistic? Uppercase and Lowercase. Visit the website: http://bit.ly/1qEiW2m

  • 440 GG How to Plan a Novel

    Oct 30 2014

    For NaNoWriMo: How to format a character's thoughts, how to plan a novel, and the surprising newness of the novel format. Visit the website: http://bit.ly/13DNlJ8

  • 439 GG Texting, Coffins, and Death

    Oct 23 2014

    Today, with Halloween in mind, I have a Quick and Dirty tip about the difference between a casket and a coffin; and an excerpt from David Crystal’s new book, Words in Time and Place, that goes through the many words we have for death and dying. Finally, I saw something shocking in a formal document a few weeks ago, so I have a tidbit about text messaging and language. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1sXJDC5

  • 438 GG Why Do People Say Punctuation Out Loud?

    Oct 16 2014

    "Vaccine" Versus "Vaccination." Syelle Graves explains why people say things such as "We never leave any soldier behind. Period," and more generally, the relationship between speech and writing. A doozy of an eighteenth-century grammar rule: Don't use "who" to refer to children. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1Fc7Lrk

  • 437 GG What’s the difference between England, Great Britain, and the UK?

    Oct 09 2014

    I know all you European listeners think it’s ridiculous that Americans don’t know the difference between England and Britain, but a British friend told me that many of you don’t know the difference between Britain and the United Kingdom, and that this would be a good topic for a podcast even though people should already know. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1D7rupV

  • 436 GG Why People Have Always Been Confused About Apostrophes

    Oct 02 2014

    An interview with Ammon Shea about the confusing history of apostrophes. Hanged Versus Hung. The story of the Victorian Great Exhibition, where Adolphe Sax displayed his invention: the saxophone. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/Zsa0po

  • 435 GG We Might Could Harvest the Corn

    Sep 25 2014

    Yes, you can start a sentence with "because." Here's how to do it. What are helping verbs (also called auxiliary verbs), and why do people in some regions say things such as "might could" and "might should"? English writers didn't always use a dot over the letter "i." We'll talk about when and why they started. Visit the website: http://bit.ly/1phbhWH

  • 434 GG Ya Shank: The Made-Up Swear Words of 'The Maze Runner'

    Sep 18 2014

    Insults, swear words, and world-building for young adults: In an interview with James Dashner, I got the inside scoop on the language of "The Maze Runner." Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1poctaV

  • 433 GG Why People Mix Up the Pronouns "Me" and "I"

    Sep 11 2014

    I can tell you which pronouns to use, but it takes a linguist to explain WHY people get confused. Here, Gretchen McCulloch reveals the fascinating reason that people struggle with sentences such as "Billy and me went to the store." Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1vrTG2g

  • 432 GG When to Use a Comma Before 'Because'

    Sep 04 2014

    A tip about when you need a comma before the word "because," an interview with Peter Sokolowski from Merriam-Webster about the philosophies behind dictionary definitions, and a tidbit the phrase éminence grise. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1yxWmkA

  • 431 GG Words That Aren't Words

    Aug 28 2014

    In this podcast, you get a Quick and Dirty Tip about where to put periods and commas relative to quotation marks, an excerpt from Ammon Shea's book "Bad English," and a tidbit about a 1921 poem called "Alphabet of Errors." Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1v0iNsF

  • 430 GG The Plural of Money. This Is Your Brain on Writing. Egregious

    Aug 21 2014

    In this week's podcast, Grammar Girl discusses the plural of money, how to use "egregious," and talks with Ellen Hendriksen from The Savvy Psychologist podcast about the findings from an experiment done by German researchers in Germany who studied people’s brains while they were actively writing. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1AUhYp5

  • 429 GG How to Use the Conjunction “Nor”

    Aug 14 2014

    How do you use the conjunction "nor" and why is it so special it deserves a podcast of its own? Neil Whitman explains. Visit the website to read the full transcript: http://bit.ly/1oOCyOR

  • 428 GG Crash Blossoms

    Aug 07 2014

    Why the Associated Press accidentally made people think another Malaysian airplane had crashed, and what it tells us about language. Visit the website to read the full transcript: http://bit.ly/1rs4BXJ

  • 427 GG 7 French Food-Related Words That Became English

    Jul 31 2014

    When the Normans took over England in 1066, they brought their food and their language. We talk about seven interesting French words that made it into English, and guest Clever Cookstr shares some of her favorite related recipes. Read the full transcript: http://bit.ly/1octDLT

  • 426 GG A Language Lover's Trip to England

    Jul 24 2014

    During a short but delightful trip to England, I saw the Rosetta Stone, the White Tower at the Tower of London, ancient alphabet tiles and wax seals, a stained glass window honoring William Caxton, and many more wonders. Hear about them all. Read the transcript on the website: http://bit.ly/1o02vuz

  • 425 GG Why Weird Al's Word Crimes Video Made Me Want to Quit

    Jul 17 2014

    Why Weird Al's Word Crimes Video Made Me Want to Quit. Visit the website to watch the video and comment: http://bit.ly/1qArtIJ

  • 424GG There's Something Weird About "For," "Yet," and "So"

    Jul 10 2014

    FANBOYS are a myth and there's something weird about "for," "yet," and "so."

  • 423 GG Is the Semicolon in TL;DR Ironic?

    Jul 03 2014

    "TL;DR" means "too long; didn't read," but the semicolon is usually associated with long or complex sentences. What is it doing in this abbreviation? Note: This piece originally appeared as a Grammar Girl blog post January 22, 2014 and was rereleased as an audio podcast on July 3, 2014. Visit the website to read the full transcript and leave a comment: http://bit.ly/1g1PtiA

  • 422GG Manipulating Words to Make Things Funny

    Jun 26 2014

    Why sentences like this are funny: A woman gives birth in the UK every 48 seconds. She must be exhausted.

  • 421 - Part II: Why Do People Say 'A-Whole-Nother'?

    Jun 19 2014

    Why do people say "a-whole-nother"?It's the same reason we say "an apron" instead if "a napron."

  • 420 - Why 'A-Whole-Nother' Isn’t Like 'Ala-Frickin’-Bama' and 'Hizzouse'

    Jun 12 2014

    While researching why people say "a-whole-nother," Syelle Graves discovered that even knowing what to call the phrase gets complicated (and interesting).

  • 419 - Using Stick Figures to Understand First, Second, and Third Person

    Jun 05 2014

    Using Stick Figures to Understand First, Second, and Third Person

  • 418GG Starting a Sentence with a Conjunction: Right or Wrong?

    May 29 2014

    Many people have been taught that it's wrong to start a sentence with a conjunction, but nearly all major style guides say doing so is fine. Neal Whitman investigates why there seems to be such a difference between what teachers say and what style guides say.

  • 417 - An Unparalleled Letdown

    May 22 2014

    The authors of "The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation" help us understand parallel structure.

  • 416GG How to Kick Your Annoying Preposition Habit

    May 15 2014

    How to Kick Your Annoying Preposition Habit

  • 415 - Commas Are Like People on the Subway

    May 08 2014

    Commas are like people on the subway: You think you know them, but they're awfully complex. This week, we'll dig deeper and get to know some of their jobs: separating items in a series (the Oxford comma), delineating appositives, and surrounding nonrestrictive phrases.

  • 414 - Luisa Zissman's Missing Apostrophe

    May 01 2014

    Sometimes companies leave apostrophes out of their names when it seems as if the name would need an apostrophe. Why do they do it, and is it wrong?

  • 413 - Words Invented by Shakespeare

    Apr 24 2014

    In honor of Shakespeare's 450th birthday, we'll look at Shakespeare's words, phrases, insults, and false friends. I bet you don't know them all.

  • 412 - Can I Help Who's Next?

    Apr 18 2014

    Neal Whitman addresses some annoying phrases you hear in stores and restaurants, such as "Can I help who's next?" and "Did you want cream in your coffee?" Find out why people say such things.

  • 411 - Addictive Versus Addicting

    Apr 10 2014

    Addictive Versus Addicting

  • 410GG Just Because

    Mar 30 2014

    It's tricky to pick apart the grammar of a sentence such as "Just because you’re correct doesn’t mean you’re not annoying." Guest writer Neal Whitman explains why such sentences work and what they really mean.

  • 408 - Why We Don't End Sentences With "You're"

    Mar 21 2014

    Some words have strong forms, weak forms, and even weaker forms.

  • 407GG Why Canadians Don't Really Say "Aboot"

    Mar 13 2014

    Gretchen McCulloch from the All Things Linguistic explains why Canadians don't say "aboot" and why most Americans think they do.

  • 406GG Begging the Question

    Mar 07 2014

    Language is changing but that doesn't mean you have to go with the flow.

  • 405 - Is Cash Money a Regional Expression?

    Feb 28 2014

    Is Cash Money a Regional Expression?

  • 404 - Why "Substitute" Is Weird

    Feb 27 2014

    Why it’s hard to talk about substituting one thing for another without confusing people. Guest Writer: Neal Whitman Sponsor: AudiblePodcast.com/GG

  • 403 - Preventative and Orientate

    Feb 22 2014

    Today, we’re going to talk about two cases in which English has two words that mean the same thing and whether one choice is better than the other. Preventative and preventive, and orient and orientate. Sponsor: Grammar Girl’s Peeve Wars. Visits FundAnything.com/peevewars to learn more.

  • 402 - Little Bunny Foo Foo

    Feb 21 2014

    The Hoax Behind Little Bunny Foo Foo

  • 401 - How Clipping Creates New Words

    Feb 14 2014

    Great tales of English word evolution: From pantaloons to pants, caravan to van, and much more. Guest Writer: Bonnie Trenga Sponsor: http://FundAnything.com/peevewars

  • 400 - How Reading Tickles Your Neurons

    Feb 09 2014

    When you read about a character, in some ways your brain acts as though it thinks you ARE the character. It's amazing. Grammar Girl and the Savvy Psychologist explain how. Subscribe to the Savvy Psychologist's show at iTunes. Get the card game Peeve Wars at http://FundAnything.com/peevewars

  • 399 - Your Brain on Fiction

    Feb 07 2014

    How Literature Changes Your Brain for the Better. If you liked this podcast, check out our new show, The Savvy Psychologist.

  • 071 Units Of Measure

    Jan 30 2014

    Units Of Measure: Feet, Ft., Lb., Degrees, and Percents

  • 398GG Why Some Band Names Take "The" and Some Don't

    Jan 24 2014

    Why can we say "the Jefferson Airplane" but not "the Led Zeppelin"?

  • 397 - Secrets of Bestselling Novels

    Jan 16 2014

    A new study uncovered things that successful novels have in common.

  • 396 GG Tenterhooks or Tenderhooks?

    Jan 10 2014

    What could this week’s topic be?

  • 192 Do I Hate Your Singing or You Singing?

    Jan 02 2014

    Do I Hate Your Singing or You Singing?

  • 395 GG How to Use Quotation Marks

    Dec 24 2013

    How to mix quotation marks with other punctuation.

  • 394GG Hashtag Rap

    Dec 17 2013

    Did Kanye West Coin the Term "Hashtag Rap"?

  • 393 GG Nonsense Syllables

    Dec 13 2013

    Why we sing "fra la la" instead of "fa spla spla"

  • 392 GG Orangehead

    Dec 06 2013

    Why do we call people redheads instead of orangeheads? Guest writer Gretchen McCulloch has the amazing answer. Grammar Pop Winterfest is a new wintery edition of the original Grammar Pop iOS game. It has new winter art and all new sentences, and it's on sale for only 99 cents until December 15. Get it today!

  • 251 - What Is a Gerund?

    Nov 28 2013

    What Is a Gerund?

  • 391 GG Scrabble Words

    Nov 22 2013

    A fun romp through some quirky words you may see when you're playing Scrabble. Remember to check out my new game, Grammar Pop, for your iPhone or iPad.

  • 390 - Passive Voice

    Nov 15 2013

    Avoid one of the biggest passive voice mistakes!

  • 389 GG English Plurals: Wugs and Blicks

    Nov 07 2013

    Your subconscious controls how you speak. We show why you already know how to make imaginary words such as "wugs" and "blicks" plural. Try the new iPad and iPhone grammar game, Grammar Pop. It's in the App Store.

  • 388 GG Style Sheets

    Oct 23 2013

    Don't make the mistake of treating your style sheet like a style guide. The new grammar game, Grammar Pop, is now available for the iPhone. Look for it in the App Store and try it today!

  • 387 GG "Because" as a Preposition

    Oct 14 2013

    What's up with sentences such as I didn't do my homework because Skyrim? Try Grammar Girl's new iPad and iPhone game: Grammar Pop.

  • 386 - Negation in Night Vale

    Oct 10 2013

    Welcome to Night Vale: Where even “not” isn’t what it seems.

  • 117 - Biweekly Versus Semiweekly

    Oct 03 2013

    Why "biweekly" can have multiple legitimate meanings. Check out the new word game Grammar Pop in the App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/grammar-pop-hd/id666851934?mt=8&uo=4&at=11l7m5

  • 385 - Irony

    Sep 27 2013

    More than five different types of irony? No wonder it's confusing! Guest writer Keith Houston, author of "Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols, and other Typographical Marks" helps us figure out irony.

  • 384 - Homophones

    Sep 19 2013

    Which English homophones came from polysemy and which came from spelling variation? Try our new iPad game, Grammar Pop. If you like the Grammar Girl podcast, you'll love the game.

  • 383 GG Could Care Less

    Sep 12 2013

    An excerpt from Bill Walsh's book "Yes, I Could Care Less."

  • 50 GG Like Versus As

    Sep 05 2013

    Find out which of these words is a preposition and which is a conjunction. Try Grammar Girl's new iPad game called Grammar Pop. You match words with their part of speech to pop clouds. You can also find Grammar Girl's books at http://j.mp/allGGbooks

  • 381 GG Prepositions

    Aug 30 2013

    The fascinating history of English prepositions (yes, really). If you are trying to learn about prepositions, try Grammar Girl's new iPad game called Grammar Pop. You match words with their part of speech, including prepositions. You can also find Grammar Girl's books at http://j.mp/allGGbooks

  • 380 GG Participles and Gerunds

    Aug 22 2013

    Prove you know your parts of speech with the new iPad game Grammar Pop. You don't have to know the difference between participles and gerunds to play, but if you're up to the challenge, it's there waiting for you! Look for Grammar Pop in the App Store.

  • 379 GG Apostrophes in Science Fiction and Fantasy Names

    Aug 15 2013

    Who started it and why? Get Grammar Girl's books at http://j.mp/allGGbooks

  • 378 GG Apostrophes and Plurals

    Aug 09 2013

    Learn how to use apostrophes by pondering a Victoria's Secret ad. Buy Grammar Girl's books: http://j.mp/allGGbooks

  • 377 GG Royal "We"

    Aug 02 2013

    In honor of the new royal baby, more formally known as Prince George Alexander Louis, we're pondering a pompous pronoun choice known as the "royal we." Buy Grammar Girl's books at http://j.mp/allGGbooks.

  • 376 GG Why Do We Have Both A and An?

    Jul 19 2013

    How English evolved to give us two indefinite articles (a and an), and the odd mix of possessive pronouns that don't quite match. Buy Grammar Girl's books: http://j.mp/allGGbooks

  • 375 GG What Is It Called When You Mishear Song Lyrics?

    Jul 11 2013

    Spoonerisms, Mondegreens, Malapropisms, and Eggcorns. Like the podcast? See Grammar Girl's books: http://j.mp/allGGbooks

  • 374 GG Rebracketing

    Jul 05 2013

    How to Make Weird Product Names Plural

  • 372 GG Retronyms

    Jun 21 2013

    Retronyms: Scourge of the Language or Helpful Tool?

  • 371 GG Commma Splice

    Jun 14 2013

    How to Avoid a Common Comma Error: The Comma Splice

  • 370 GG Why Isn't "Gruntled" A Word?

    Jun 07 2013

    Why Aren't We Gruntled When We're Happy?

  • 369 GG Why Does "I" Take Plural Verbs?

    May 31 2013

    "I" is singular, so why do we say "I go" instead of "I goes"?

  • 368 GG Hyphens

    May 24 2013

    How to Use Hyphens.

  • 367 GG The Old Editor Says

    May 17 2013

    John E. McIntyre, a veteran editor at The Baltimore Sun, shares pithy editing maxims from his new book.

  • 366 GG Slash

    May 10 2013

    How Texting Is Changing English

  • 285 GG "Moot" Versus "Mute"

    May 03 2013

    Moot isn't moot, but it can mean something different in Britain and the U.S.

  • 365 GG The Language of Crime

    Apr 26 2013

    The Language of Crime

  • 364 GG Why Would Anyone Use "The Chicago Manual of Style"?

    Apr 19 2013

    Style guides.

  • 363 GG Writing Flashbacks

    Apr 12 2013

    How to manage verb tense when writing flashbacks.

  • 362 GG Why Are Some Portmanteaus So Awful?

    Apr 05 2013

    My failed entries for the Clorox Ick-tionary.

  • 361 GG Is That a Wool Sweater or a Woolen Sweater?

    Mar 29 2013

    What to do when you can use an attributive noun or an adjective.

  • 051 GG I'm Good

    Mar 22 2013

    Is it OK to answer "How are you?" with "I'm good"?

  • 360 GG Will himself be on the pig's back this St. Patrick's Day?

    Mar 15 2013

    Irish influences on English.

  • 359 GG Do You Tell People to Pound Sand or Pound Salt?

    Mar 08 2013

    Deciphering crazy English idioms.

  • 358 GG "Only": The Most Insidious Misplaced Modifier

    Mar 01 2013

    How putting the word "only" in the wrong place can confuse your readers.

  • 357 GG Why the Plural of "Die" Is "Dice," not "Douse."

    Feb 22 2013

    Fossils of language

  • 356 GG Where Do I Use Commas?

    Feb 15 2013

    Are you a comma-kaze? Do you use commas like confetti? Don't use a comma everywhere you would pause when speaking. Check out the rules.

  • 355 GG Subject Object

    Feb 08 2013

    Why "I love you" is the easiest way ever to remember the difference between subject and object.

  • 354 GG Starting a Sentence with "However": Right or Wrong?

    Feb 01 2013

    And what about "and" and "but"?

  • 353 GG Can Apple Get Away with "Funness"?

    Jan 25 2013

    and "renanoing"?

  • 352 GG How to Create and Use Figures of Speech Pt.1

    Jan 18 2013

    Make your messages more vivid, more memorable, and trigger emotional responses using anaphora, antithesis, and chiasmus.

  • 351 GG Pronouns: Is a Company a "Who" or a "That"?

    Jan 11 2013

    What pronoun should you use when referring to a company?

  • 350 GG "Who" Versus "That"

    Jan 04 2013

    Is Your Dog an "It" or a "She"?

  • 349 GG A Word Lover's Highlights of 2012

    Dec 28 2012

    The good, the bad, and the odd.

  • 348 GG How Webster's Screwed Up

    Dec 21 2012

    How an editor who hated the word "radical," became a radical.

  • 347 GG How to Use a Hyphen

    Dec 14 2012

    Learn how to use properly use hyphens with compound adjectives.

  • 346 GG Tuxedo Verbs

    Dec 07 2012

    Use rich verbs, but don't put them in tuxedos.

  • 342 GG Writing for Dyslexic Readers

    Nov 09 2012

    Tricks to make make your writing more accessible to people with dyslexia and visual impairments.

  • 341 GG Google Ngram and "Impact" as a Verb

    Nov 02 2012

    The updated Ngram Viewer gives new insight into word usage.

  • 151 GG Just Say No to Drugs

    Oct 12 2012

    "Dragged" versus "drug." The Grammar Girl print book is now available on Amazon.com! http://tinyurl.com/2pkej7

  • 142 GG When Are Double Words OK?

    Sep 28 2012

    Are "is is" and "had had" acceptable?

  • 334 GG Using Present Tense in a Story About the Past

    Aug 31 2012

    The girl who sat next to me is or was? named Stephanie.

  • 333 GG When Is W a Vowel

    Aug 24 2012

    A E I O U and sometimes Y, but also W?

  • 332 GG How Do You Tell If Something Is True?

    Aug 10 2012

    Debunking a believable grammar hoax.

  • 331 GG "Pet" or "Petted"? Troublesome Past Tenses

    Aug 03 2012

    Some verbs are becoming strangely irregular.

  • 330 GG The Rules of Story

    Jul 27 2012

    Why the Rules of Story Are Even More Immutable than the Rules of Grammar.

  • 329 GG "Versus"

    Jul 20 2012

    Get ready to write about the Olympics.

  • 328 GG "Decimate" and "All Right"

    Jul 13 2012

    Two troublesome words from Grammar Girl's new book.

  • 327 GG "Dilemma" and "Gone Missing"

    Jul 06 2012

    From 101 TROUBLESOME WORDS.

  • 326 GG "Jealousy" Versus "Envy"

    Jun 29 2012

    From 101 TROUBLESOME WORDS.

  • 325 GG So You Think You Can Edit?

    Jun 22 2012

    Tips for editing and revising.

  • 324 GG When Bad Grammar Means Good Fiction

    Jun 08 2012

    Sometimes you gotta break the rules.

  • 323 GG How to Write Numbers

    Jun 01 2012

    When do you write out numbers, and why do they call it "maths" in England?

  • 133 GG A Historic Podcast

    May 18 2012

    "Historic" versus "Historical". The Grammar Girl print book is now available on Amazon.com! http://tinyurl.com/2pkej7

  • 320 GG You Have No Idea How Weird "Do" Is

    May 04 2012

    English's meaningless "do."

  • 318 GG Dashes, Colons, and Commas

    Apr 20 2012

    They can change the way your sentences feel. Learn how they differ.

  • 317 GG What Does "Proper English" Mean?

    Apr 13 2012

    You say "proper English," but you mean Standard English

  • 316 GG Sentence Fragments

    Apr 06 2012

    Will they make editors reject your fiction?

  • 315 GG Possessives

    Mar 30 2012

    Possessives: They aren't just for possession.

  • 314 GG Mary Sue

    Mar 23 2012

    Truth may be stranger than fiction, but fiction is usually more interesting.

  • 061 GG "Bring" Versus "Take"

    Mar 16 2012

    Rules for simple and complicated situations.

  • 312 GG This NGD story is "all right."

    Mar 02 2012

    A Grammar Day tale: When Mr. Brown Met Miss Fox: A Love Story

  • 311 GG Where Are You At?

    Feb 24 2012

    The surprising reason people say it.

  • 309 GG Why Do Kids Say "Versing"?

    Feb 17 2012

    It's older than you think.

  • 308 GG Should We Abandon Standard Spelling?

    Feb 10 2012

    Should we be more lenient? "L8r" for "later"?

  • 310 GG Stationary, Stationery, Complement, and Compliment

    Feb 03 2012

    Memory tricks!

  • 111 GG Everybody Wants Some

    Jan 27 2012

    Indefinite pronouns. The Grammar Girl print book is now available on Amazon.com! http://tinyurl.com/2pkej7

  • 306 GG "The Night Circus": Well Done Second Person Narrative

    Jan 13 2012

    Did you know there are three kinds of second person?

  • 305 GG Where Did the @ Symbol Come From?

    Jan 06 2012

    Why does it look like a snail?

  • 304 GG Should You Point Out Errors?

    Dec 30 2011

    How can you correct people's errors without coming off like a jerk?

  • 030 GG Sentence Fragments

    Dec 23 2011

    Learn to recognize them.

  • 200 "Who" Versus "Whom," Advanced

    Dec 11 2011

    "Who" Versus "Whom," Advanced

  • 302 GG Passive Voice

    Dec 09 2011

    It's about more than just what verb you use.

  • 301 GG Active Voice

    Dec 02 2011

    It's about more than just what verb you use.

  • 300 GG Christmas Carol Grammar

    Nov 25 2011

    Learn about the odd grammar in "What Child Is This?"

  • 299 GG Ten Tips to Banish Typos

    Nov 18 2011

    Computer and printing tricks to eliminate errors.

  • 298 GG Color Your Readers' Imagination with Words

    Nov 04 2011

    "Dogs" or "mastiffs"? "Beer" or "ale"? It really does matter.

  • 297 GG How to Search a Corpus

    Oct 28 2011

    It's a database, not a dead body.

  • 029 GG "They" as a Singular Pronoun

    Oct 21 2011

    Can you use "they" as a gender-neutral singular pronoun?

  • 294 GG Do You Resent Your Editor?

    Oct 07 2011

    Tips for dealing with criticism.

  • 293 When to Capitalize Seasons

    Sep 29 2011

    When to Capitalize Seasons

  • 292 Overcoming Writer’s Block

    Sep 23 2011

    Overcoming Writer’s Block

  • 288 Compound Nouns

    Aug 08 2011

    Compound Nouns

  • 287 Compound Subjects

    Aug 05 2011

    Compound Subjects

  • 284 Who Says “Fun” Can’t Be an Adjective?

    Jul 14 2011

    Who Says “Fun” Can’t Be an Adjective?

  • 283 Did Oxford Drop the Oxford Comma?

    Jul 08 2011

    Did Oxford Drop the Oxford Comma?

  • 282 "Each Other" Versus "One Another"

    Jul 01 2011

    "Each Other" Versus "One Another"

  • 280 Whoever or Whomever?

    Jun 16 2011

    Whoever or Whomever?

  • 279 Capitalizing Titles

    Jun 09 2011

    Capitalizing Titles

  • 275 Camel Case

    May 12 2011

    Camel Case

  • 274 Double Subjects

    May 05 2011

    Double Subjects

  • 273 "A Hold" or "Ahold"?

    Apr 28 2011

    "A Hold" or "Ahold"?

  • 272 Do You Capitalize “God”?

    Apr 21 2011

    Do You Capitalize “God”?

  • 270 Commas With Participial Phrases

    Apr 07 2011

    Commas With Participial Phrases

  • 269 Ending a Sentence With a Preposition

    Mar 31 2011

    Ending a Sentence With a Preposition

  • 268 Mixing Verb Tenses

    Mar 24 2011

    Mixing Verb Tenses

  • 267 How to Speak English Like the Irish

    Mar 17 2011

    How to Speak English Like the Irish

  • 264 Punctuating Questions

    Feb 24 2011

    Punctuating Questions

  • 263 How to Write Grammatically Correct Photo Captions

    Feb 17 2011

    How to Write Grammatically Correct Photo Captions

  • 262 Commas with Adjectives

    Feb 10 2011

    Commas with Adjectives

  • 260 Contractions

    Jan 27 2011

    Contractions

  • 259 First, Second, and Third Person

    Jan 20 2011

    First, Second, and Third Person

  • 258 How to Write Dialogue

    Jan 13 2011

    How to Write Dialogue

  • 257 Should You Ever Put a Space Before a Period?

    Jan 13 2011

    Should You Ever Put a Space Before a Period?

  • 256 Serial Comma

    Dec 30 2010

    Serial Comma

  • 253 "Desert" Versus "Dessert"

    Dec 10 2010

    "Desert" Versus "Dessert"

  • 252 What Is Plagiarism?

    Dec 02 2010

    What Is Plagiarism?

  • 250 "Foreword" Versus "Forward"

    Nov 19 2010

    "Foreword" Versus "Forward"

  • 249 Why Doesn’t “Veterans Day” Have an Apostrophe?

    Nov 10 2010

    Why Doesn’t “Veterans Day” Have an Apostrophe?

  • 248 How to Write a Better Resume

    Nov 04 2010

    How to Write a Better Resume

  • 246 Show, Don’t Tell

    Oct 28 2010

    Show, Don’t Tell

  • 245 "Talk With" versus "Talk To"

    Oct 22 2010

    "Talk With" versus "Talk To"

  • 243 "Think Different" or "Think Differently"

    Oct 07 2010

    "Think Different" or "Think Differently"

  • 242 "Like" Versus "Such As"

    Sep 30 2010

    "Like" Versus "Such As"

  • 240 Do All Adverbs End in "-Ly"?

    Sep 16 2010

    Do All Adverbs End in "-Ly"?

  • 239 Capitalizing Proper Nouns

    Sep 09 2010

    Capitalizing Proper Nouns

  • 238 Is It OK to Switch Verb Tenses?

    Sep 02 2010

    Is It OK to Switch Verb Tenses?

  • 235 Swearing

    Aug 12 2010

    Swearing

  • 234 Does "Until" Include the Date?

    Aug 05 2010

    Does "Until" Include the Date?

  • 233 Parentheses, Brackets, and Braces

    Jul 29 2010

    Parentheses, Brackets, and Braces

  • 232 Active Voice Versus Passive Voice

    Jul 22 2010

    Active Voice Versus Passive Voice

  • 231 How to Write Clear Sentences

    Jul 15 2010

    How to Write Clear Sentences

  • 230 When to Use Female Nouns

    Jul 08 2010

    When to Use Female Nouns

  • 229 Understanding Voice and Tone in Writing

    Jul 01 2010

    Understanding Voice and Tone in Writing

  • 228 Comma Splice

    Jun 25 2010

    Comma Splice

  • 226 How to Use Transition Words

    Jun 17 2010

    How to Use Transition Words

  • 225 Ellipses

    Jun 10 2010

    Ellipses

  • 224 When to Use Articles Before Nouns

    Jun 04 2010

    When to Use Articles Before Nouns

  • 222 Dashes, Parentheses, and Commas

    May 21 2010

    Dashes, Parentheses, and Commas

  • 221 "Although" Versus "While"

    May 13 2010

    "Although" Versus "While"

  • 219 "Bad" Versus "Badly"

    Apr 30 2010

    "Bad" Versus "Badly"

  • 220 How to Eliminate Adverbs

    Apr 29 2010

    How to Eliminate Adverbs

  • 217 What Is Poetic License?

    Apr 15 2010

    What Is Poetic License?

  • 215 Hey, That's Not Grammar Girl!

    Apr 01 2010

    Hey, That's Not Grammar Girl!

  • 213 Stacked Modifiers

    Mar 18 2010

    Stacked Modifiers

  • 209 Does the Olympic Theme Song “I Believe” Have a Grammar Error?

    Feb 19 2010

    Does the Olympic Theme Song “I Believe” Have a Grammar Error?

  • 206 Is "I'm Loving It" Proper Grammar?

    Jan 29 2010

    Is "I'm Loving It" Proper Grammar?

  • 205 Readers Share Their Funny Errors

    Jan 21 2010

    Readers Share Their Funny Errors

  • 203 How Do You Pronounce 2010?

    Jan 18 2010

    How Do You Pronounce 2010?

  • 204 Is "Got" Proper English?

    Jan 14 2010

    Is "Got" Proper English?

  • 202 When to Use Nor

    Dec 31 2009

    When to Use “Nor”

  • 201 Is “Ain't” a Word?

    Dec 25 2009

    Is “Ain't” a Word?

  • 199 "Alternate" Versus "Alternative"

    Dec 05 2009

    "Alternate" Versus "Alternative"

  • 197 "Where" Versus "In Which"

    Nov 19 2009

    "Where" Versus "In Which"

  • 196 Adverbs Ending in -ly

    Nov 13 2009

    Adverbs Ending in -ly

  • 194 How to Use Italics

    Oct 23 2009

    How to Use Italics

  • 193 "Diffuse" Versus "Defuse"

    Oct 16 2009

    "Diffuse" Versus "Defuse"

  • 191 How to Write a Complaint Letter

    Oct 02 2009

    How to Write a Complaint Letter

  • 190 Ellipses Spurned

    Sep 25 2009

    Ellipses Spurned

  • 188 "Comprise" Versus "Compose"

    Sep 18 2009

    "Comprise" Versus "Compose"

  • 187 Should Writers Keep a Journal?

    Sep 11 2009

    Should Writers Keep a Journal?

  • 186 Funny Misplaced Modifiers

    Sep 04 2009

    Funny Misplaced Modifiers

  • 185 When Should You Capitalize Titles?

    Aug 28 2009

    When Should You Capitalize Titles?

  • 183 Verbs Sandwiched Between Singular and Plural Nouns

    Aug 14 2009

    Verbs Sandwiched Between Singular and Plural Nouns

  • 184 When Should You Capitalize Words?

    Aug 01 2009

    When Should You Capitalize Words?

  • 181 How Many Spaces After A Period?

    Jul 30 2009

    How Many Spaces After A Period?

  • 176 What Is Subject-Complement Agreement?

    Jul 26 2009

    What Is Subject-Complement Agreement?

  • 180 How to Use Parallel Construction Correctly

    Jul 24 2009

    How to Use Parallel Construction Correctly

  • 119 "Shall" Versus "Will"

    Jul 22 2009

    "Shall" Versus "Will"

  • 179 Can You Start a Sentence with “Which”?

    Jul 17 2009

    Can You Start a Sentence with “Which”?

  • 178 Do Rhetorical Questions Need a Question Mark?

    Jul 10 2009

    Do Rhetorical Questions Need a Question Mark?

  • 174 "Myself"

    Jun 12 2009

    "Myself"

  • 172 "All Right" Versus "Alright"

    May 29 2009

    "All Right" Versus "Alright"

  • 170 Swear Words in Text

    May 15 2009

    Swear Words in Text

  • 169 Using “For” to Mean “Because”

    May 09 2009

    Using “For” to Mean “Because”

  • 168 Troublesome Contractions (e.g., I'd've)

    May 01 2009

    Troublesome Contractions (e.g., I'd've)

  • 167 Dashes Versus Colons

    Apr 23 2009

    Dashes Versus Colons

  • 166 Strunk and White

    Apr 17 2009

    Strunk and White

  • 165 Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Initialisms

    Apr 10 2009

    Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Initialisms

  • 182 Are You Annoyingly Redundant?

    Apr 07 2009

    Are You Annoyingly Redundant?

  • 164 "One" Versus "You"

    Apr 03 2009

    "One" Versus "You"

  • 177 Why Are British English and American English Different?

    Apr 03 2009

    Why Are British English and American English Different?

  • 162 How to Write a Great Blog Comment

    Mar 20 2009

    How to Write a Great Blog Comment

  • 161 "Use" Versus "Utilize"

    Mar 13 2009

    "Use" Versus "Utilize"

  • 158 "Flammable" Versus "Inflammable"

    Feb 20 2009

    "Flammable" Versus "Inflammable"

  • 157 GG When to Use a Comma with “Too”

    Feb 13 2009

    Only you can decide.

  • 156 What is the plural of scissors

    Feb 06 2009

    What is the plural of scissors.

  • 155 What to Call People With Disabilities.

    Jan 30 2009

    What to Call People With Disabilities.

  • 153 Do You Overuse "Of"?

    Jan 16 2009

    Do You Overuse "Of"?

  • 150 How to Podcast a Book

    Dec 26 2008

    How to Podcast a Book

  • 148 How to Write Your First Novel

    Dec 12 2008

    How to Write Your First Novel

  • 012 Wordiness And Idioms

    Nov 21 2008

    Wordiness And Idioms

  • 146 Mixed Metaphors

    Nov 13 2008

    Mixed Metaphors

  • 144 Concrete Versus Cement

    Nov 07 2008

    Concrete Versus Cement

  • 141 Appositives

    Oct 17 2008

    Appositives

  • 140 Modifying Phrases at the Beginning of Sentences

    Oct 10 2008

    Modifying Phrases at the Beginning of Sentences

  • 139 Is "Data" Singular or Plural?

    Oct 03 2008

    Is "Data" Singular or Plural?

  • 136 Complex-Compound Sentences

    Sep 19 2008

    Complex-Compound Sentences

  • 131 Collective Nouns

    Sep 02 2008

    Collective Nouns

  • 129 Assure Versus Ensure Versus Insure

    Aug 25 2008

    Assure Versus Ensure Versus Insure

  • 127 Begs the Question

    Aug 19 2008

    Begs the Question

  • 126 Through, Threw, and Thru

    Aug 14 2008

    Through, Threw, and Thru

  • 125 Comparatives Versus Superlatives

    Aug 12 2008

    Comparatives Versus Superlatives

  • 124 Better Versus Best

    Aug 08 2008

    Better Versus Best

  • 122 Is "Have Got" Acceptable English?

    Aug 01 2008

    Is "Have Got" Acceptable English?

  • 120 He Said, She Said

    Jul 25 2008

    He Said, She Said

  • 118 Writing Accents and Dialects

    Jul 18 2008

    Writing Accents and Dialects

  • 123 How to Avoid Clichés

    Jul 15 2008

    How to Avoid Clichés

  • 116 "Than I" Versus "Than Me"

    Jul 10 2008

    "Than I" Versus "Than Me"

  • 114 Phrasal Verbs

    Jul 04 2008

    Phrasal Verbs

  • 113 Writing with Slang

    Jun 27 2008

    Writing with Slang

  • 110 When to Leave Out "That"

    Jun 06 2008

    When to Leave Out "That"

  • 108 Whose for Inanimate Objects

    May 23 2008

    Whose for Inanimate Objects

  • 107 Graduated versus Graduated From

    May 15 2008

    Graduated versus Graduated From

  • 104 Sentence Length

    Apr 25 2008

    Sentence Length

  • 101 How to Write Percents

    Apr 04 2008

    How to Write Percents

  • 100 How to Write Numbers

    Mar 28 2008

    How to Write Numbers

  • 007 Which Versus That

    Mar 21 2008

    Which Versus That

  • 098 Who Versus Whom--Advanced

    Mar 07 2008

    Who Versus Whom--Advanced

  • 096 May Versus Might

    Feb 21 2008

    May Versus Might

  • 095 Zeroscape Versus Xeriscape

    Feb 15 2008

    Zeroscape Versus Xeriscape

  • 093 Hyphens

    Jan 31 2008

    Hyphens

  • 091 Yo as a Pronoun

    Jan 10 2008

    Yo as a Pronoun

  • 090 Went Missing

    Jan 04 2008

    Went Missing

  • 087 Used to Versus Use to, and Other Listener Questions

    Dec 07 2007

    Used to Versus Use to, and Other Listener Questions

  • 086 Greeting Card Grammar

    Nov 23 2007

    Greeting Card Grammar

  • 084 People Versus Entities

    Nov 16 2007

    People Versus Entities

  • 083 Interviewing Tips

    Nov 09 2007

    Interviewing Tips

  • 082 Daylight-Saving Time

    Nov 09 2007

    Daylight-Saving Time

  • 078 Formatting Hyperlinks

    Oct 05 2007

    Formatting Hyperlinks

  • 077 Verbification of a Noun

    Sep 28 2007

    Verbification of a Noun

  • 076 Starting a Sentence With "Hopefully"

    Sep 21 2007

    Starting a Sentence With "Hopefully"

  • 073 Simplify Your Writing

    Aug 30 2007

    Simplify Your Writing

  • 072 The The -- The Double The

    Aug 23 2007

    The The -- The Double The

  • 070 The Asterisk (Trust Me About Grammar, Not About Baseball)

    Aug 10 2007

    The Asterisk (Trust Me About Grammar, Not About Baseball)

  • 068 Unlawful Versus Illegal

    Jul 20 2007

    Unlawful Versus Illegal

  • 067 Your Versus You're

    Jul 20 2007

    Your Versus You're

  • 065 Regionalisms

    Jun 29 2007

    Regionalisms

  • 064 Between You and Me

    Jun 26 2007

    Between You and Me

  • 056 Generating Story Ideas and Overcoming Writer's Block

    May 22 2007

    Generating Story Ideas and Overcoming Writer's Block

  • 055 Misplaced Modifiers

    May 18 2007

    Misplaced Modifiers

  • 048 April Fools' Day Episode

    Apr 01 2007

    April Fools' Day Episode

  • 266 When Should You Capitalize Cocktail and Food Names?

    Mar 11 2007

    When Should You Capitalize Cocktail and Food Names?

  • 042 Semicolons

    Feb 21 2007

    Semicolons

  • 036 Grammar Manners

    Jan 12 2007

    Grammar Manners

  • 031 The Lord Is Come?

    Dec 15 2006

    The Lord Is Come?

  • 024 Who Versus That

    Nov 04 2006

    Who Versus That

  • 021 Proofreading Tips

    Oct 20 2006

    Proofreading Tips

  • 165 Abbreviations, Acronyms, And Initialisms

    Oct 10 2006

    Abbreviations, Acronyms, And Initialisms

  • Excessive Redundant Redundancies

    Oct 08 2006

    Excessive Redundant Redundancies

  • 182 Title Capitalization Rules

    Sep 24 2006

    Title Capitalization Rules

  • 11 Grammar Style Issues

    Sep 07 2006

    Grammar Style Issues

  • 126 Threw, Through, Thru

    Sep 04 2006

    Threw, Through, Thru

  • 276 Is "Graduated College" Wrong?

    May 26 2001

    Is "Graduated College" Wrong?