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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

2293 Ratings
Average Ratings
1584
403
119
88
99

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

10mins

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Rank #2: 475 GG How a Comma Can Get You out of a Parking Ticket

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Numbers in Parentheses: http://bit.ly/1GGZDfs

Comma Law: http://bit.ly/1CW2mqj

Minions: http://bit.ly/1TSiDB4

QDT Block Party: http://apple.co/1gA1pKr

Sponsor: http://edx.org/gg

Jul 23 2015

15mins

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Rank #3: 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'?
http://bit.ly/1AN2M1x

When Is It OK to Be Redundant?
http://bit.ly/1eRM9rl

What Does "Mind Your P's and Q's Mean"?
http://bit.ly/1AN1qUh

Grammar Pop: j.mp/1H5YiSj]

Jun 18 2015

13mins

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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: 495 GG Pair. Misusing “So” and “Very.” Even Keel

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Follow along with the articles on the website: http://j.mp/QDTgrammar

Recommended book: The Grammar Devotional

Sponsors:
http://mackweldon.com (20% off with the promo code "grammar")
http://thirdlove.com/grammar (30 day free trial)

Dec 17 2015

11mins

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Rank #6: 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.
FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL
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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl

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AMAZON AFFILIATE CODE
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http://podsurvey.com/GRAMMAR

Apr 13 2017

17mins

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Rank #7: 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.

LINKS AND SPONSORS |

Learn how you can get my LinkedIn Learning course free: https://t.co/coQuXJRtrT |

GRAMMAR GIRL EMAIL NEWSLETTER |

https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newsletters |

GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME |

Optimized for iPad: http://bit.ly/iPadGrammarPop |

For iPad and iPhone: http://bit.ly/GrammarPopMobile |

PEEVE WARS CARD GAME |

https://www.thegamecrafter.com/games/grammar-girl-s-peeve-wars |

GRAMMAR GIRL BOOKS |

http://bit.ly/GrammarPopBooks |

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

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

Jan 23 2020

9mins

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Rank #8: 601 - 'Based In' or 'Based Out Of.' Omitting 'That'

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Based on, based off, based in, based out of...people are changing the way they use prepositions with "based." Also, people can get overzealous about deleting every "that" they can find in a sentence. Here's why you need it sometimes. 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 GRAMMAR POP Optimized for iPad: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/grammar-pop-hd/id666851934?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4 For all iOS Devices: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/grammar-pop-hd/id666851934?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4 GRAMMAR GIRL BOOKS http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl-book-page THE GRAMMAR DAILY 2018 CALENDAR http://amzn.to/2f8jPDG Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows: www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts

Dec 28 2017

17mins

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Rank #9: 555 GG. Toe/Tow the Line. Pled or Pleaded. Animal Idioms.

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This week we talk about "toeing the line," "pled" versus "pleaded," and animal idioms such as "There's an eel under the rock."

FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL
Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl
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Snapchat: http://snapchat.com/add/thatgrammargirl
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl
Instagram: http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl

GET GRAMMAR GIRL BOOKS
http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl-book-page

AMAZON AFFILIATE CODE
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Feb 09 2017

12mins

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Rank #10: 481 GG And/Or. That Should Be a Word.

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And/Or: http://bit.ly/1JT153a

That Should Be a Word: http://bit.ly/1f59xlb

Start your Amazon shopping from our link and help support the show: http://QuickAndDirtyTips.com/offers

Sep 10 2015

7mins

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Rank #11: 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.

FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL

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Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl
Instagram: http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl

SPONSORS AND LINKS

Enter the 300 Million Download Contest: https://read.macmillan.com/promo/grammargirlcontest3002019/

GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME

Optimized for iPad: http://bit.ly/GrammarPopiPad
For iPad and iPhone: http://bit.ly/GrammarPop

GRAMMAR GIRL BOOKS

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

VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL

Feb 28 2019

11mins

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Rank #12: 591 - 'Cannot' or 'Can Not'? 'Dead' Idioms.

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This week, we talk about the difference between "cannot," "can not," "can't," and (horrors!) "cant." Plus, in honor of Halloween, we reveal the origin of three idioms about death. 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://topcashback.com/grammar http://blinkist.com/grammar GRAMMAR POP Optimized for iPad: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/grammar-pop-hd/id666851934?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4 For all iOS Devices: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/grammar-pop-hd/id666851934?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4 GRAMMAR GIRL BOOKS http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl-book-page THE GRAMMAR DAILY 2018 CALENDAR http://amzn.to/2f8jPDG Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows: www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts

Oct 19 2017

14mins

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Rank #13: 456 GG Is Starting a Sentence With So Condescending?

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When "First" Is Redundant
http://j.mp/1wtjhgT

Is Starting a Sentence With So Condescending?
http://j.mp/1wthqsn

Synecdoche
http://j.mp/1FAUDua

Watch Grammar Girl's TEDx Talk
http://j.mp/ggTEDx

Feb 26 2015

16mins

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Rank #14: 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
Article: http://bit.ly/1H4dr4c
PDF of the Essay: http://j.mp/1cVMKHV

Fast and Loose
http://bit.ly/1A1704R

May 14 2015

20mins

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Rank #15: 580 GG. Introductory Paragraphs. One of The...

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Listeners sent in many more interesting phrases from obsolete technologies, and we also talk about how to write a great introductory paragraph and tricky sentence that include "one of the [plural nouns]"--which verb do you use?

FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL

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

GET GRAMMAR GIRL BOOKS http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl-book-page

AMAZON AFFILIATE CODE http://quickanddirtytips.com/amazon

Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows: www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts

Aug 03 2017

15mins

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Rank #16: 457 GG If Versus Whether

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Homely Versus Homey
http://j.mp/1B9kcD3

If Versus Whether
http://j.mp/1wZkOWx

At Bay
http://j.mp/1BMTwIP

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Grammar Pop Sale
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Mar 05 2015

11mins

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Rank #17: 572 GG Themself. Comma Splices.

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You've finally accepted that it's OK to use the singular 'they'--sometimes--but now you have to decide whether to use 'themself' or 'themselves.' Don't worry, the new Chicago Manual of Style has you covered, and we talk about it today. Also, I've been getting complaints about comma splices, so it's time for a refresher. Read the transcript at http://bit.ly/2ramGjn Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows: www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl Snapchat: http://snapchat.com/add/thatgrammargirl Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl Instagram: http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl GET GRAMMAR GIRL BOOKS http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl-book-page SHOPPING AT AMAZON ANYWAY? USE OUR AFFILIATE LINK AND HELP THE SHOW! http://quickanddirtytips.com/amazon TAKE OUR PODCAST LISTENER SURVEY http://podsurvey.com/GRAMMAR Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network.

Jun 08 2017

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Rank #18: BONUS: Introducing Launch

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This week, I'm excited to share a bonus clip from a new podcast called Launch. Three out of five people dream of writing a book. Few follow through. What does it take to take that from dream to reality? Screenwriter John August (Go, Big Fish, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory) sought to find out as he tackled something he’d only ever dreamed of: writing a novel. From Wondery, this is a show about putting something out into the world. How will it turn out? You’ll know when we do.

Jan 22 2018

14mins

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Rank #19: 551 GG. Words of the Year. Writing Tips.

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This week, we discuss the words of the year and four simple ways to write better in the new year.

UPDATED AP STYLE INTERACTIVE WEB COURSE http://www.ragan.com/Z5AC03-MACMIL

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Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl
Instagram: http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl

GET GRAMMAR GIRL BOOKS http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl-book-page

AMAZON AFFILIATE CODE http://quickanddirtytips.com/amazon

Jan 12 2017

15mins

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Rank #20: 696 - Hyphens in Ages. The Emphatic 'This.'

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We talk about when to use (and not use) hyphens in ages, and when it's OK to say, "I listen to THIS podcast that covers language" instead of "I listen to A podcast that covers language."

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Start With This: http://startwiththispodcast.com |

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Graduation Sweepstakes: http://bit.ly/qdtlifeaftercollege |

Grammar Girl's AP style webinar: http://bit.ly/GrammarWebinar2019 |

GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME |

Optimized for iPad: http://bit.ly/iPadGrammarPop |

For iPad and iPhone: http://bit.ly/GrammarPopMobile |

GRAMMAR GIRL BOOKS |

http://bit.ly/GrammarPopBooks |

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

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

Jun 13 2019

9mins

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

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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 your writing? We have the real story.

Read the transcripts: Hurricanes. Contractions.

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

Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. 

Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course.

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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: 

https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/

https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts

https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe

http://twitter.com/grammargirl

http://facebook.com/grammargirl

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http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl

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

Aug 06 2020

18mins

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

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

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

Jul 30 2020

10mins

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

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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 back with a comparison of middle grade and young adult fiction. You'll learn a lot!

Read the transcripts: Blursday. Middle Grade Versus Young Adult

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

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

Jul 23 2020

16mins

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780 - Which Comes First? Who or Where?

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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 podcast.

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

Jul 16 2020

14mins

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

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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. Playwriting.

OED Antedating Link: public.oed.com/appeals/oed-antedatings

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

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

Jul 09 2020

14mins

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

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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 from clouds! Also, we talk about which came first: "yikes" or "yoiks."

Read the transcripts: Red Skies. Yoiks.

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

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

Jul 02 2020

14mins

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

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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 as a freelance fiction editor.

Get Joshua's book, Essoe's Guides to Writing: Action Sequences.

Read the transcript.

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

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

Jun 25 2020

29mins

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

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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 have been wondering about the difference between "systematic" and "systemic." They come from the same root, but have subtle differences in meaning.  Don't get it wrong!

Read the transcripts: ‘Clue’ or ‘Clew’? ‘Systemic’ or ‘Systematic’?

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

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.

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Jun 18 2020

11mins

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

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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: Bad Apples. A Couple and a Few.

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Jun 11 2020

11mins

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774 - Roy Peter Clark on Civic Clarity

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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 pandemic
  • Living up to your duty as a writer to achieve civic clarity
  • Creating his new book, "Murder Your Darlings"
  • Learning that one of his best writing tips (which he shares) is as old as Roman times
  • Being a putter-inner instead of a taker-outter

Read the transcript: Roy Peter Clark interview.

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Jun 04 2020

33mins

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773 - Postal Zones. Reenter. Bougie.

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How postal zones led to ZIP codes. Why I like to put a hyphen in "re-enter." How "bougie," which today has a negative connotation, came from an older word that meant simply "middle class."

Read the transcripts: ZIP Codes. Re-enter. Bougie.

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May 28 2020

11mins

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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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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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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!

Read the transcripts. Martial Law. Vaccine and Vaccination.

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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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Mar 26 2020

10mins

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Always a treat to listen to!

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Helped me for act prep LOVE GRAMMAR GIRL!!