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

Dodany: 2 grudnia 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...

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

Dodany: 28 listopada 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...

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

Dodany: 25 listopada 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...

742 - Famous Quotations. Silent Letters.

Dodany: 21 listopada 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...

741 - Behind the Scenes in Publishing.

Dodany: 18 listopada 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...

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

Dodany: 15 listopada 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?...

739 - The Problem with Sarcasm. Filthy Lucre.

Dodany: 11 listopada 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...

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

Dodany: 7 listopada 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 |...

737 - Curtis Chen: Using NaNoWriMo to Kickstart Your Novel

Dodany: 4 listopada 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...

736 - Ghastly Words for Ghosts. Quid pro Quo.

Dodany: 31 października 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...

735 - Dave Itzkoff on Writing a Biography of Robin Williams

Dodany: 28 października 2019

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734 - Ghost Words

Dodany: 24 października 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...

733 - Why People Hate Words Like 'Moist'

Dodany: 21 października 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...

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

Dodany: 17 października 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...

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

Dodany: 14 października 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...

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

Dodany: 10 października 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...

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

Dodany: 7 października 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 |...

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

Dodany: 3 października 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...

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

Dodany: 30 września 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...

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

Dodany: 26 września 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...