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Grammar Girl is your friendly guide to the English language—writing, history, rules, and cool stuff. We cover punctuation, grammar, style, word histories, idioms, and more. Five-time winner of Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards. QuickandDirtyTips.com

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Grammar Girl is your friendly guide to the English language—writing, history, rules, and cool stuff. We cover punctuation, grammar, style, word histories, idioms, and more. Five-time winner of Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards. QuickandDirtyTips.com

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Informative and fun

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Always a treat to listen to!

SO HELPFUL

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Helped me for act prep LOVE GRAMMAR GIRL!!

iTunes Ratings

2284 Ratings
Average Ratings
1578
401
119
88
98

Informative and fun

By jd_wright - Mar 31 2020
Read more
Always a treat to listen to!

SO HELPFUL

By millyitaly - Mar 11 2020
Read more
Helped me for act prep LOVE GRAMMAR GIRL!!
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Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

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Grammar Girl is your friendly guide to the English language—writing, history, rules, and cool stuff. We cover punctuation, grammar, style, word histories, idioms, and more. Five-time winner of Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards. QuickandDirtyTips.com

Rank #1: 639 - Great Paragraphs. Falling off the Turnip Truck.

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Go beyond formulaic essay rules and create paragraphs that will hook your readers. Also, we figure out why people say they didn't just fall off the turnip truck. FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl Instagram: http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl SPONSORS http://campaignmonitor.com/grammar GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME Optimized for iPad: http://bit.ly/GrammarPopiPad For iPad and iPhone: http://bit.ly/GrammarPop GRAMMAR GIRL BOOKS http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl-book-page

Sep 20 2018

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Rank #2: 471 GG Size versus Sized. When Is It OK to Be Redundant? Mind Your P’s and Q’s.

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'King-size' or 'King-sized'?
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What Does "Mind Your P's and Q's Mean"?
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Jun 18 2015

13mins

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Rank #3: 516 GG Celsius Versus Centigrade. 'Between' Versus 'Among'

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Celsius Versus Centigrade: Anders Celsius was a Swedish astronomer who invented a thermometer based on the boiling point and freezing point of water. We know a slightly improved version of his thermometer by the Celsius name and by the word "centigrade." This centigrade thermometer was named in honor of Celsius in 1948 at the ninth International Conference of Weights and Measures.

'Between' Versus 'Among': Many people believe "between" should be used for choices involving two items and "among" for choices that involve more than two items. That can get you to the right answer some of the time, but it's not that simple. The traditional rule you learned is actually a myth.

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May 12 2016

10mins

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Rank #4: 617 - 'Lay' and 'Lie.' 'Grill' and 'Grille.' 'Warsh.'

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This week, we talk about why people say "warsh" instead of "wash"(it's called in the intrusive R), about why we have two spellings for the word that sounds like "grill," and how to remember the difference between "lay" and "lie." FOLLOW ALONG ON THE WEBSITE 'Lay' and 'Lie' http://bit.ly/layLie 'Grill' and 'Grille' http://bit.ly/grill-grille 'Warsh' http://bit.ly/wash-warsh FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl Instagram: http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl SPONSORS http://juicebeauty.com/grammar (use the promo code Grammar20) http://mrclean.com/grammargirl GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME Optimized for iPad: http://bit.ly/GrammarPopiPad For iPad and iPhone: http://bit.ly/GrammarPop GRAMMAR GIRL BOOKS http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl-book-page

Apr 19 2018

12mins

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Rank #5: 755 - How to Write Anything

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Develop this one skill and you'll write better essays, profiles, movie reviews, complaint letters, and more.

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Jan 23 2020

9mins

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Rank #6: 515 GG Home vs. Away? How to Make Product Names Plural

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Away Versus Home? A listener named Alan wrote, “When using the word versus, does it make a difference as to what is placed before and what is placed after? For example: Roe versus Wade or Red Sox versus Yankees. In other words, by rule is one the challenger, and the other the challenged?”

How to Make Product Names Plural: Two Silicon Valley guys were talking on Twitter about whether they should say they have two iPad Pros or two iPads Pro. Then Schiller jumped in to say: “One need never pluralize Apple product names. Ex: Mr. Evans used two iPad Pro devices.” People on Twitter generally seemed to think this seemed ridiculous and Business Insider, Mac Rumors, and others turned it into a story. Woohoo, Twitter spat!

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May 05 2016

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Rank #7: 522 GG Hearty or Hardy? How English Became English. Jury-Rigged.

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HEARTY OR HARDY? A listener named Cheryl left a comment on the Grammar Girl Facebook page asking me to write about the difference between hearty and hardy. She wrote, “I am a writer and get confused on the usage of the two adjectives. Love your podcast and appreciate your shows and tips!”

HOW ENGLISH BECAME ENGLISH. Today, I have an excerpt from Simon Horobin’s new book, How English Became English. I especially liked the part about English in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Asia because I don’t know as much about these forms of English as I do about American and British English; so it brings a new perspective that I haven’t been able to share with you in the past.

JURY-RIGGED. You’ve probably heard of something being jury-rigged. That means patched together in a temporary manner. But what does rigged mean? And how does a jury get involved? Turns out, one doesn’t.

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Jun 23 2016

19mins

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Rank #8: 564 GG. Preposition or Adverb?

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The weird complications about words such as "up" and "over" that make people fight about whether they are prepositions or adverbs.
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Apr 13 2017

17mins

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Rank #9: 655 - ‘Myriad’ or ‘Myriad Of’? What Is a Run-On Sentence?

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This week, we talk about the controversy over "a myriad of" and (clutch your pearls!) "myriads" and explain why a run-on sentence isn't just a really long sentence. 

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Jan 10 2019

13mins

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Rank #10: 527 GG 'Lit' or 'Lighted.' Why Some Words Become Homophones

Jul 29 2016

17mins

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Rank #11: 466 GG Healthy Versus Healthful. The Best SAT Essay Ever. Fast and Loose

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Healthy Versus Healthful
http://bit.ly/1Hem0wb

The Best SAT Essay Ever
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PDF of the Essay: http://j.mp/1cVMKHV

Fast and Loose
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May 14 2015

20mins

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Rank #12: 456 GG Is Starting a Sentence With So Condescending?

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When "First" Is Redundant
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Is Starting a Sentence With So Condescending?
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Synecdoche
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Feb 26 2015

16mins

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Rank #13: 666 - Double Negatives.

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In this week's Grammar Girl podcast, we talk about why double negatives aren't always wrong. You just need to be careful with them.

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Feb 28 2019

11mins

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Rank #14: 656 - ‘Relapse’ or ‘Recur’? 'Kneeled' or 'Knelt.' ’Methinks.’

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This week, I have a Quick and Dirty Tip about the difference between the words “relapse” and “recur,” another Quick and Dirty Tip about the difference between “kneeled” and “knelt,” and a meaty middle about the word “methinks.” Methinks you’ll like it!

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Jan 17 2019

13mins

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Rank #15: 457 GG If Versus Whether

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Homely Versus Homey
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If Versus Whether
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At Bay
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Mar 05 2015

11mins

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Rank #16: 760 - What Is Genre. 'Bangs' Versus 'Fringe.'

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How to figure out which genre you love or how to describe the book you're writing so the publishing industry will understand where it fits. Also, we explain how Americans came to call fringe "bangs."

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VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475)

Feb 27 2020

11mins

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Rank #17: 758 - Why 'XOXO' Means 'Hugs and Kisses'

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You may write "XOXO" to means "hugs and kisses," but do you know how those symbols get their meaning?

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GRAMMAR GIRL IS PART OF THE QUICK AND DIRTY TIPS PODCAST NETWORK |

VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475)

Feb 13 2020

6mins

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Rank #18: 503 GG What Is a Canard?

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What Is a Canard? http://j.mp/23YcgBZ
What's the Origin of 'Straw Man'?

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Feb 11 2016

11mins

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Rank #19: 526 GG Types of Third Person Point of View. Flammable and Inflammable

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WHY DOES "INFLAMMABLE" MEAN "FLAMMABLE"? When we’re describing something that burns easily, we say it’s flammable, but "inflammable" means the same thing and was the original word, so why do we have both? http://bit.ly/inflammableORflammable

THIRD PERSON: There are three main types of third person point of view in literature: third person limited, third person omniscient, and third person objective. Each has advantages and disadvantages. Here's the run-down and some examples. http://bit.ly/thirdpersonPOV

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Jul 22 2016

10mins

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Rank #20: 458 GG Can You Process These Tricky, but Grammatical, Sentences?

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Does E-Book Need a Hyphen?
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Can You Process These Tricky, but Grammatical, Sentences?
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The Meaning of Minions
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Mar 13 2015

15mins

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772 - The History of ZIP Codes and Addresses (Plus How to Write Them)

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If you've ever wondered how to capitalize 'ZIP Code' (or is that 'ZIP code' or 'zip code'?), this one is for you. Plus, I have an interview with Deirdre Mask about this history and importance of addresses in general. It's fascinating!

Read the transcripts: ZIP Codes. Deirdre Mask Interview.

Links mentioned in the podcast: ESRI Tapestry. Missing Maps.

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HOST: Mignon Fogarty
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Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network.

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May 21 2020

21mins

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771 - Writing Lessons from Bad Job Applications

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Our guest, Lindsay McMahon of the All Ears English podcast, recently hired and now shares the lessons she learned going through a lot of bad résumés and cover letters.

Read the transcripts: Dos and Don'ts for Job Applications.

Use the hashtag #WhereIListen to show me where you listen to the Grammar Girl podcast.

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Grammar Pop iOS game.
Peeve Wars card game.

Grammar Girl books.

HOST: Mignon Fogarty
VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475)

Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network.

Links: 

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May 14 2020

15mins

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770 - 'Muslim' or 'Moslem'? 'Fishfolk'? 'Fishist'? What Is the Gender-Neutral Term for 'Fisherman'?

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Why do we use the new spelling "Muslim" and not the older spelling "Moslem" anymore? Also, we talk about AP Stylebook updates and end up on a fun tangent about a gender-neutral term for "fisherman."

Read the transcripts: Muslim. AP Style Updates. Fisherman.

Use the hashtag #WhereIListen to show me where you listen to the Grammar Girl podcast.

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Grammar Pop iOS game.
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Grammar Girl books.

HOST: Mignon Fogarty
VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475)

Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network.

Links: 

https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/

https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts

https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe

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http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl

https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl

May 07 2020

13mins

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769 - Why Do We Say 'Cool Your Heels'? What's Up With 'Zhuzh'?

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Here's why we say "cool your heels" and "cool your jets"—they're different! Also, we take a close look at the word "zhuzh" which means to make something more interesting or attractive. You may have never seen it spelled before, and there's a reason.

Read the transcripts: Cool Your Heels. Zhuzh.

Use the hashtag #WhereIListen to show me where you listen to the Grammar Girl podcast.

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Grammar Pop iOS game.
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Grammar Girl books.

HOST: Mignon Fogarty
VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475)

Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network.

Links: 

https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/

https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts

https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe

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https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl

Apr 30 2020

18mins

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768 - Why Aren't We 'Whelmed'? And Cabin 'Fever,' Anyone?

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We know we can be overwhelmed. Why aren't we ever just whelmed? Also, maybe it was having cabin fever that made us start thinking about all the English idioms that use the word "fever."

Read the transcripts: Whelmed. Fever Idioms.

Nina Simone video of "Rags and Old Iron."

Leave a review on Grammar Girl's Podchaser profile before April 30, 2020, to benefit Meals on Wheels.

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 books.

HOST: Mignon Fogarty
VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475)

Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network.

Links: 

https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/

https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts

https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe

http://twitter.com/grammargirl

http://facebook.com/grammargirl

http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl

http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl

https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl

Apr 23 2020

11mins

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767 - The semicolon is so much more interesting than you imagine

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From 19th century grammatical duels to modern day suicide prevention campaigns, the semicolon has a long history of inspiring strong emotions.

Read the transcript. The Semicolon

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Leave a review on Grammar Girl's Podchaser profile before April 30, 2020, to benefit Meals on Wheels.

Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. 

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Grammar Pop iOS game.
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HOST: Mignon Fogarty
VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475)

Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network.

Links: 

https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/

https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts

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Apr 16 2020

29mins

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766 - 'Flaunt' and 'Flout.' 'Band Together.'

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The word "flaunt" and "flute" are strangely related (flue of shame, anyone?), but don't use either of them to mean "flout."

Read the transcripts. 'Flout' and 'Flaunt.' 'Band Together.'

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HOST: Mignon Fogarty
VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475)

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Apr 09 2020

11mins

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765 - Say No to Marshall Law. How 'Vaccine' Is Related to 'Cow.'

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Why you could be forgiven for (briefly) getting excited about "Marshall Law." Plus, the word "vaccine" is related to cows. That's a surprise!

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Apr 02 2020

9mins

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764 - Skeleton Crew. Hunker Down. Uncharted. Existential.

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Times are terrible, but no matter what is happening, we will always have interesting words and phrases to explore.

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HOST: Mignon Fogarty
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Mar 26 2020

10mins

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763 - How to Write Better Email. 'Pandemic' vs. 'Epidemic.' 'Canceled' vs. 'Cancelled.'

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Are you writing more email? We have seven ways to do it better. Also, we'll help you understand the difference between an epidemic and a pandemic and when you should use "canceled" versus "cancelled."

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Mar 19 2020

13mins

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762 - How to Pronounce 'Celtic.' 'Whiskey' or 'Whisky'?

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Sports fans say "Seltik." Historians say "Keltik." Here's the deal. Plus, have you ever noticed that Irish whiskey and Scottish whisky are spelled differently?

Read the transcripts. Celtic. Whiskey.

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HOST: Mignon Fogarty
VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475)

Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network.

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Mar 12 2020

10mins

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761 - Why It's Called 'Daylight Saving Time.' The Origin of the Word 'Woman.'

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We're moving our clocks forward this weekend, but do you know why we call it "daylight saving time"? Plus, I have some other time-related tips. Finally, in honor of International Women's Day, we look at the surprising origin of the words "woman" and "queen."

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Mar 05 2020

14mins

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760 - What Is Genre. 'Bangs' Versus 'Fringe.'

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How to figure out which genre you love or how to describe the book you're writing so the publishing industry will understand where it fits. Also, we explain how Americans came to call fringe "bangs."

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Feb 27 2020

11mins

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759 - What Does ‛Mardi Gras’ Mean? "Drive to Work" Versus "Drive Home"

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It’s the end of February, which means Mardi Gras is almost here! When we think of Mardi Gras, we picture parties, parades, and beads. But did you ever wonder what “Mardi Gras” means? Also, we answer a questions about why we need the "to" in "drive to work" but not in "drive home."

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Feb 20 2020

8mins

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758 - Why 'XOXO' Means 'Hugs and Kisses'

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You may write "XOXO" to means "hugs and kisses," but do you know how those symbols get their meaning?

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Feb 13 2020

6mins

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757 - The days of the week are names you've known your whole life, but do you know their origin?

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Saturday and Tuesday come from different places. The days of the week are names you've known your whole life, but have you ever wondered about their origin?

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Feb 06 2020

9mins

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756 - High Odds or Low Odds?

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In this Super-Bowl-themed episode, we learn why "high odds" and "low odds" are confusing, we learn why you want a disinterested referee, and in honor of the Puppy Bowl, we learn when to capitalize breed names.

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Jan 30 2020

10mins

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755 - How to Write Anything

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Develop this one skill and you'll write better essays, profiles, movie reviews, complaint letters, and more.

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Jan 23 2020

9mins

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754 - The Tie Between Ann Landers and 'Could Care Less.'

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Language experts actually have theories about why people say they "could care less" (instead of they "couldn't care less"). We dig deep to find the root of the problem.

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Jan 16 2020

8mins

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753 - Take Heart! Here's Why You Still Have Time to Write Your First Novel

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In this interview, I talk with Bourne Morris about starting a writing career after you've retired. Bourne had one amazing career running a large advertising agency, a second as a journalism professor, and is now the author of four novels including her newest, "A Woman of Two Minds."

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Jan 09 2020

15mins

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Always a treat to listen to!

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Helped me for act prep LOVE GRAMMAR GIRL!!