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The Best Stories from 15 Years of Grammar Girl

Dodany: 29 lipca 2021

We've gone through a lot of stories and tips in 15 years—more than a thousand. Today, I picked a few of my favorites for you. To sign up for my Advanced AP Style webinar, go to...

What the Two Spellings of Stationary/ery Have to Do with Booksellers. Why Pronunciations Change.

Dodany: 22 lipca 2021

"Stationary" and "stationery" have the same ultimate origin, but they evolved to have different meanings and one became tied to paper goods. Also, a recent survey in the UK highlighted...

'Fish' or 'Fishes'? Why Do We Call Out 'Nothing' as 'Bupkis'?

Dodany: 15 lipca 2021

"Fish" really does have two plurals. Usually you want "fish," but we talk about the odd examples when "fishes" is the right choice. Plus, "bupkis" can mean "nothing" or "something worthless," but...

'If' Versus 'Whether.' Why We Say 'The Exception That Proves the Rule.'

Dodany: 8 lipca 2021

"If" and "whether" are often interchangeable, but sometimes using one or the other will change the meaning of your sentence. And if you've ever wondered why we say, "the exception that proves...

Trundle, Amble, Roam, and Shamble. How Some Preposition Use Has Changed Over Time.

Dodany: 2 lipca 2021

We look at the surprising origins of some of our favorite words for walking. Plus, how do you know when to write "The car almost ran me over" versus "The car almost ran over me"? Subscribe to the...

Pedantic Nonsense Up with Which I Will Not Put! 'Discreet' or 'Discrete'?

Dodany: 25 czerwca 2021 - Średnia ocen: 1

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...

Starting a Sentence with a Conjunction: Right or Wrong? Good 'Subpar' and Bad 'Subpar.'

Dodany: 17 czerwca 2021 - Średnia ocen: 5

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...

How Long Is a Good Sentence? 'Cord' or 'Chord'? Grumple.

Dodany: 10 czerwca 2021

How Long Is a Good Sentence? 'Cord' or 'Chord'? Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. Join the conversation on Facebook and...

What Made 'Friends' Funny. How Cicadas Got Their Name. Dog Replacer.

Dodany: 3 czerwca 2021

You laughed and laughed while watching "Friends." One reason it was funny is that the writers took what you expect from a conversation and flipped it on its head. Plus, how cicadas got their name,...

Is 'Graduated College' Wrong? Five Wonderful Latin Phrases.

Dodany: 27 maja 2021

I'm hearing "graduated college" much more often. Is it still wrong? Plus, five bona fide Latin phrases you can use to describe something wonderful. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular...

'Bring,' 'Take,' and 'Carry.' 'The Queen's Gambit.' Sweepy Thing.

Dodany: 20 maja 2021 - Średnia ocen: 2

We go through the simple rules for "bring" and "take," but then talk about the fun exceptions and dialect forms. Plus, how "The Queen's Gambit" can help us remember the difference between...

Writing Dialogue. 'Associate Degree' or 'Associate's Degree'? Wiffy.

Dodany: 13 maja 2021

Is that dialogue feeling off? We're here to help! Plus, how to write about degrees this graduation season. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing...

'Ketchup' or 'Catsup'? How to Punctuate Questions. Gmoing Gmoing.

Dodany: 6 maja 2021

Have you seen the tomato sauce spelled two different ways? "Ketchup" is the better spelling, but the history of the word is pretty interesting. We also look at how to punctuate questions,...

What Does ‘Op-Ed’ Really Mean? The Perfect Paragraph Length. Items.

Dodany: 29 kwietnia 2021

"Op-ed" may not mean what you think it means. Then we discuss how long a paragraph should be. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. Join the...

The Intrusive "Of." What Makes English Weird.

Dodany: 22 kwietnia 2021

We talk about the difference between "a prince of a fellow" and "not too good of a time," and then we look at two things that make English especially weird. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular...

How to Write Faster. The Origin of the Odd Letter W

Dodany: 15 kwietnia 2021 - Średnia ocen: 1

12 practical tips and tools that will help you write faster in the time you already have. Also, we explore why we call a letter that looks like two V's a "double U." Subscribe to the newsletter...

'Borrow' and 'Lend.' When to Use 'Nor.' Boncho.

Dodany: 8 kwietnia 2021

We use a children's book and a Shakespeare play to talk about "borrow" and "lend," and then we help with the complexities of using "neither" and "nor." Subscribe to the newsletter for regular...

1) Squirrelly Animal Verbs. 2) 'People,' 'Peoples,' and 'Persons': Why It Matters.

Dodany: 1 kwietnia 2021 - Średnia ocen: 3

To hog, to ram, to bird dog. We run through a fun list of animal-inspired verbs. Plus, amazingly, it wasn't that long ago that usage experts recommended "persons" instead of "people." And...

A vast number of words have surprising origins. We talked about some today, including "scientist," "impressionist," "beatnik," and "paradigm."

Dodany: 25 marca 2021

A vast number of words have surprising origins. We talked about some today with author Ralph Keyes, including "scientist," "impressionist," "beatnik," and "paradigm." Subscribe to the newsletter...

'Normalcy' or 'Normality'? A Punctuation Question from a Famous Movie Line. Taco Cats.

Dodany: 18 marca 2021 - Średnia ocen: 1,5

Did you know that in the book "Gone with the Wind," Rhett Butler said "My dear..." instead of "Frankly, my dear..."? Also, are we getting back to normalcy or normality? One of these words came from...