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Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

We found the book!

Dodany: 6 grudnia 2022

905.  Bonus Episode! You helped solve the mystery of my father's favorite childhood book. I also share quick and dirty tips from my email newsletter, my favorite social media posts, and some of my...

What's a Honeyfuggler? 'Through' vs. 'Throughout.' Arriversary.

Dodany: 2 grudnia 2022

903.  "Through" and "throughout" may seem interchangeable, but they're not. We have some creative memory tricks to help you remember the difference. Plus, we have fun with the word "honeyfuggler."|...

A Strange Use of 'Said.' Kith and Kin. New Scrabble Words!

Dodany: 25 listopada 2022

903. A listener heard some jargon, and then got annoyed by "said" jargon, so we explored why.  Plus, who the heck are your kith? And finally, we got excited about the first new Scrabble words since...

Why Today's 'Thank You' Is Different from an Ancient 'Thank You.' Gerunds.

Dodany: 18 listopada 2022

902. Language reflects culture, so it's no surprise that giving thanks hundreds of years ago was different from giving thanks today. We have the fascinating history. Plus, since "Thanksgiving" is a...

WWII Words. A 'bit' of an Issue. Kleenex.

Dodany: 11 listopada 2022

901. WWII spawned a bunch of new words, including "boffin" and "bonkers." We'll look into the history of these fun words and more in honor of Veterans Day. Plus, we'll talk about why an Australian...

The Medieval Origins of the @ Symbol. Hyphens in Dual-Heritage Terms. Pitch.

Dodany: 4 listopada 2022

900. The story of the @ symbol is much bigger than email. In fact, it was used for hundreds of years before being saved from obscurity by the invention of electronic communication. I explore the...

The Difference Between Magic and Magick. Some Fascinating Spooky Words. Holy Fagachi!

Dodany: 28 października 2022

899. Believe it or not, "magick" isn't just a funky way of spelling "magic." The two spellings have different meanings. Plus, we look at the unusual origins of other cool words that make us think...

Randall Munroe of xkcd: Language Chat and Weird Bee Laws.

Dodany: 21 października 2022

898. Randall Munroe joined me this week to talk about his language-themed xkcd cartoons, his simple-language project Up Goer V, his biggest pet peeve, his favorite words, and his new book "What If?...

The Subconscious Rules of Conversation. The Double-Word Problem. Cookie Fish.

Dodany: 14 października 2022

897. Have you ever written yourself into a "that that" or a "had had" situation and wondered how you got there? It doesn't mean you're a bad writer! I explain why this happens sometimes and how to...

Wick-ED Fun Pronunciations. Deviled Eggs.

Dodany: 7 października 2022

896. If you've ever wondered why we pronounce the "-ed" at the end of "wicked" (and "jagged," "beloved" and more), but don't at the end of words like "aggrieved," this show is for you! You'll also...

When Is a Man a Widow? Where Do We Get the Word 'Blurb'? Sci-Fi Versus Fantasy. Bert and Ernie.

Dodany: 30 września 2022

895. A listener asked why he's hearing people refer to men as "widows," and we found a surprising history. Also, I recently mentioned a blurb I wrote, and a reader wanted to know where we get that...

Mood & Atmosphere in Fiction. An Interview with Joshua Essoe

Dodany: 23 września 2022

894. Whether you're getting ready for National Novel Writing Month or just want to watch movies or read novels with more insight, this interview with fiction editor Joshua Essoe will help you about...

Split Infinitives. I Can't Even. Macken.

Dodany: 16 września 2022

893. You may be surprised by the origin of the split infinitive "rule" and by the times they are OK...or even necessary! Also, we look at slang phrases that drop whole grammatical elements and how...

Why Some People Say 'Might Could.' The Spanish Influence on English. Mickle Story.

Dodany: 9 września 2022

892. We recently got a question about why people use a type of double-verb construction, such as "We might could go to the store." We have the answer! Plus, in honor of the upcoming National...

Accent Hallucination. False Ranges. Thanks, Chris.

Dodany: 2 września 2022

891. Your mind will be blown when you learn about accent hallucination. (Mine was!) And then we'll learn how to avoid false ranges.Transcript:...

'Skrrt,' 'Bottle Episode,' 'Skeuomorphs' and more. An Interview with John Kelly of Dictionary.com.

Dodany: 26 sierpnia 2022

890. John Kelly, senior director of editorial at Dictionary.com, talks with Mignon about a bunch of fun new words and about how words get added to the dictionary in general. Transcript:...

What's up with Splooting? Capitalizing Titles. Momilltellya.

Dodany: 19 sierpnia 2022

889. Splooting squirrels have taken the internet by storm. We look at where this fun word comes from and how far back it goes. Plus, I help you decide which title capitalization rules to...

How Gendered Languages Are Changing. Jugopop.

Dodany: 12 sierpnia 2022

888. This week we take a fascinating look at how highly gendered languages are dealing with the drive to become more inclusive. Plus, we look at the differences between "simple" and "simplistic"...

How Using Pliers Improves Your Language. Weird Possessives. Ducky File.

Dodany: 5 sierpnia 2022

An amazing study shows that tool use and language are connected in the brain and shows how using one can make you better at the other, and vice versa. Plus we look at some tricky possessives. Can...

A Riotous Good Time with Ellen Jovin of the Grammar Table

Dodany: 29 lipca 2022

The delightful Ellen Jovin of the Grammar Table (you may have seen her sitting on the street answering grammar questions in your city) joined me to talk about her new book, "Rebel with a Clause,"...