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793 - Why Journalists Use Misspellings Like 'Lede' and 'Spox'

Dodany: 15 października 2020

Journalists "bury the lede," not the "lead." But why do they spell it that way? And what do HTK, TK, and CQ stand for? From "hed" to "spox," here's all the journo jargon that's fit to...

792 - A Totally, Like, Bitchin' Podcast About 'Like'

Dodany: 8 października 2020

It's not lazy and it's not just filler, but using "like" too much can still get you in trouble. Read the transcript: Like Use the hashtag #WhereIListen and tag me to show me where you...

791 - 'Although' Versus 'While.' Why We Write with Cliches (and How to Stop)

Dodany: 1 października 2020 - Średnia ocen: 5

What happens when I discover that my pet peeve is wrong? Also, why do we write with cliches? Should we stop, and if so, how? Read the transcript: Although. Cliches. Use the hashtag #WhereIListen...

790 - 'Laureate' Is Good. Why Is 'Resting on Your Laurels' Bad? 'Smarmy.'

Dodany: 24 września 2020

If getting laurels is good, and being a Nobel laureate is good, how did we get to "resting on your laurels" being bad? Also, we learn that the word "smarmy" started as a joke (in fact, a kind of...

789 - How to Make Your Readers Laugh. 'Whoa' or 'Woah'?

Dodany: 17 września 2020

Believe it or not, there are actually rules to being funny. Also, do you think "woah" is a separate word from "whoa"? Some people do, and they think it has a separate meaning. Read the transcript:...

788 - Why 'Out of Pocket' Means Both 'Inappropriate' and 'Unavailable'

Dodany: 11 września 2020

People have been asking about the "unavailable" meaning of "out of pocket" for decades, but there's also an "inappropriate" meaning that is spreading. Read the transcript: Out of Pocket Use the...

787 - Why We Associate Political Parties with the Colors Red and Blue

Dodany: 3 września 2020

Nick and Hannah explain "red" and "blue," the origin of "POTUS," why the Declaration of Independence is the greatest break-up letter ever written, and more. Read the transcript: The Interview Use...

786 - 'Doomscrolling' (OK, Doomer). 'Each Other' or 'One Another'?

Dodany: 27 sierpnia 2020

Whether you call it "doomscrolling" or "doomsurfing," it's not your fault that you feel compelled to do it. "Doom" has an interesting history though. Also, in honor of "Bill and Ted's...

785 - 'Gantlet' or 'Gauntlet'? Do You Want to Say 'Had Went'?

Dodany: 20 sierpnia 2020

Have you been told to write "run the GANTLET"? Here's why you shouldn't. Also, editor Ben Yagoda explains why he's so tempted to use "had went" instead of "had gone." Read the...

784 - A Historical Tip for Remembering When to Use 'Historical.' Put More Thought into Your Punctuation.

Dodany: 14 sierpnia 2020

Kamala Harris's selection as Joe Biden's running mate is important, significant, and a number of firsts, but should we call it "historic" or "historical"? (Also, learn about the time a...

783 - How Hurricanes Get Their Names. When You Should Avoid Using Contractions.

Dodany: 6 sierpnia 2020 - Średnia ocen: 5

Isaias. Mitch. Andrew. Jimena. How hurricanes get their names, and why you'll see some names twice and others never again. Also, have you ever heard that you shouldn't use contractions in...

782 - What are those dots over letters? Why does 'money' have a plural, and how do you spell it?

Dodany: 30 lipca 2020 - Średnia ocen: 5

What are those double dots over letters in English? Why does "money" have a plural, and how do you spell it? Read the transcripts: Diaeresis. 'Monies' or 'Moneys'? Use the hashtag...

781 - Blursday or Whensday? Middle Grade Versus Young Adult Fiction

Dodany: 23 lipca 2020

Blursday is a popular word to use when you don't know what day of the week it is. It captures that disoriented feeling when everything is a blur. And our wonderful fiction editor Diana Pho is...

780 - Which Comes First? Who or Where?

Dodany: 16 lipca 2020 - Średnia ocen: 5

We started to wonder about the question words in the phrase "Who does what and goes where when." Read the transcript. Use the hashtag #WhereIListen to show me where you listen to the Grammar Girl...

779 - How You Can Help the OED. Capitalizing 'Black.' How Playwriting Techniques Can Improve Your Writing.

Dodany: 9 lipca 2020

Imagine the bragging rights: The OED needs your help antedating words. Why you should capitalize "Black." How playwriting techniques can improve your writing. Read the transcripts: OED. Black....

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

Dodany: 3 lipca 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...

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

Dodany: 25 czerwca 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...

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

Dodany: 19 czerwca 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...

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

Dodany: 11 czerwca 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:...

774 - Roy Peter Clark on Civic Clarity

Dodany: 5 czerwca 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...