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Why "Tiny" Sounds Smaller Than "Huge." Nixing the Horrid "Of."

Dodany: 20 stycznia 2022

The sounds of certain words make us think of things that are big or small, round or spiky, and the tendency is nearly universal. For example, people can often pick words that refer to something big...

'Strollout,' 'Insurrection,' 'Yassify,' and Other Words of the Year for 2021

Dodany: 13 stycznia 2022

"Strollout," "insurrection," "yassify," "hard pants" and other words of the year for 2021. | Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. |Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. |Peeve Wars...

Cardsharp. The Old-New Singular 'They.' Grignug.

Dodany: 6 stycznia 2022

Was that uncle who wiped the floor with you in a card game a cardsharp or a card shark? Also, we look at what it is about using "they" as a singular pronoun that makes it sometimes stand out and...

Questions, Questions, So Many Questions!

Dodany: 30 grudnia 2021

I have a big metaphorical pile of questions from listeners in which the answers are too short to be a whole podcast segment, so today, I'm going to string them together and do a bunch of quick...

Is "Milk and Cookies" One Thing or Two? A New Language Term: The Santaback. Shoedabakers.

Dodany: 25 grudnia 2021

Today we use milk and cookies for Santa to figure out when compound subjects are singular or plural. We also invent a new language term: santaback. We hope you'll share your examples! |...

How Lori Rader-Day Wrote a Historical Novel About War Evacuees in Agatha Christie's Vacation Home

Dodany: 16 grudnia 2021

Accomplished mystery writer Lori Rader-Day was drawn to the story of children who were evacuated to Agatha Christie's vacation home during WWII, but having never written a historical novel...

Pretending to Be British. How to Use Ellipses. Spiders.

Dodany: 9 grudnia 2021

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Shibboleth. Greeting Card Grammar. Bunkaree.

Dodany: 3 grudnia 2021

Does your group use shibboleths? Plus, I'll help you avoid common embarrassing greeting card mistakes. | Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates....

How to Use a Semicolon, Amirite? Partu.

Dodany: 25 listopada 2021

Amirite? You have the tickets, don't you? Today we talk about those tiny questions at the end of sentences, what purpose they serve, and who is most likely to use them. Plus, we tackle that...

Penultimate. Veni, Vidi, Vici. Smidge.

Dodany: 18 listopada 2021

In this week's podcast, we discuss why you should never call your girlfriend your penultimate friend. Plus, we have fun and fascinating facts about Caesar and some of the phrases he gave us,...

New Words from WWII. How Places Like Featherstonehaugh Get Their Names. Uncoming.

Dodany: 11 listopada 2021

WWII was a rich source of new words for the English language. Before the 1940s, you couldn't tell an eager beaver to shut his pie hole while you were being debriefed by the head honcho. And...

Editing an Anthology: 'Wild Tongues Can't Be Tamed'

Dodany: 4 listopada 2021

Today, I talked with Saraciea Fennell, who works in publishing, is behind the Bronx Book Festival, and is also the editor of a new anthology, "Wild Tongues Can't Be Tamed," featuring essays...

Is That a Tombstone, Gravestone, or Headstone? Why Is the Sound of a Human Scream So Terrifying?

Dodany: 28 października 2021

The words tombstone and gravestone used to refer to large stone slabs that served as a lid for a tomb or covering for a grave. Also, the human scream has a very particular sound that makes it...

Using Present Tense in a Story About the Past. Beck and Call. Tie-Dye Trees.

Dodany: 22 października 2021

Have you noticed people switching to the present tense when they're telling stories? It actually has a name: It's called the "historical present tense." This is the article we mentioned if...

Surprise! These Names Are Trademarks. How to Write 'Dos and Don'ts' (or Is That 'Do's and Don'ts'?). Wording Your Mixes.

Dodany: 14 października 2021

Many words we use every day are actually trademarks. Did you know about all the words we talked about today? Plus, we talk about some really weird spellings and dunk on "Eats, Shoots & Leaves."...

The Hedonometer and Your Feelings. What Does 'Schnozz' Mean?

Dodany: 7 października 2021

Researchers and companies are harnessing computers to identify the emotions behind our written words. While sentiment analysis is far from perfect, it manages to distill meaning from huge amounts...

How Do You Pronounce 'Tomato'? Why Is 'Chiropractic' Singular. Fish.

Dodany: 30 września 2021

In the world of great debates, there is one that has been long enduring and still keeps language prescriptivists awake at night: Is it "tom-ay-to" or "tom-ah-to"? Now, this may not seem as...

The Power of Very Specific Words, with Joel Schwartzberg

Dodany: 23 września 2021

The author of "The Language of Leadership," Joel Schwartzberg, explains how you can make small tweaks to your language to make a big difference in your influence. Subscribe to the newsletter for...

How to Really Talk Like a Pirate. When Do You Need a Comma Before 'Because'?

Dodany: 16 września 2021

Based on the history of who was sailing the high seas, it's a good bet pirates sounded a lot more multicultural than Ol’ Long John Silver would have us believe. We also discuss when you need a...

Why and When 'Very Unique' Is Wrong. Capitalizing 'Delta Variant' (or Not). Happy to You.

Dodany: 9 września 2021

Instead of grinding your teeth about "very unique," pat yourself on the back for recognizing a widespread case of lexical broadening. Plus, we talk about why some people capitalize "Delta variant"...