Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

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Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
574 GG Commas with Transition Words. Double Whammy.
Jun 22 • 9 min
Have you ever wondered how to use a comma with ‘however’ (or if you even should)? We’ve got the scoop on using commas and semicolons with ‘however,’ ‘therefore,’ and other conjunctive adverbs and transition words. Also, you can trace ‘double whammy’ back…
573 GG Until, Till, and ‘Til. Dad Jokes.
Jun 15 • 14 min
You’ve heard them called “dad jokes,” but have you ever wondered why? We have a definition and also what we think is the perfect example of a dad joke. Also I’ll explain how “until” and “till” are completely separate words and why you should just straight…
572 GG Themself. Comma Splices.
Jun 8 • 14 min
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…
571 GG Lego or Legos? Why English Spelling Reform Is Doomed.
Jun 1 • 26 min
If it bothered you last week that I called the toys Legos, you’ll like this week’s first topic: Lego or Legos? You’ll probably like it if you weren’t bothered too! Also, in honor of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, we talk about why English spelling…
570 GG Burned or Burnt? Why English Spelling Is a Mess.
May 25 • 14 min
Burned or Burnt? Why English Spelling Is a Mess. FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl Snapchat: http://snapchat.com/add/thatgrammargirl Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl…
569 GG. Explain vs. Explanation. How to Outline.
May 18 • 12 min
If you’ve ever wondered why “explain” has an I but “explanation” doesn’t, we have the answer. Also, need help jumpstarting your writing process? Here’s why composing an outline is key. (Plus, could Grammar Girl be replaced by a robot?) FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL…
568 GG. In or Among. Weird Words.
May 11 • 11 min
This week we talk about why you might describe someone as “among bushes” instead of “in the bushes,” and we talk about how we get weird words like “gaga,” “flip-flop” and “dillydally.” FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook:…
567 Is Pig Latin a Real Language?
May 4 • 14 min
This week we talk about the origin of the word “harbinger” (and I sing about swans) and whether Pig Latin qualifies as a language. FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl Snapchat:…
566 GG. Off Your Feed. Animal Language.
Apr 27 • 21 min
Off Your Feed. Animal Language.
565 GG. Apple, Podcasts, and Prepositions. Forensic Linguistics.
Apr 20 • 11 min
Apple, Podcasts, and Prepositions. Forensic Linguistics.
564 GG. Preposition or Adverb?
Apr 13 • 17 min
The weird complications about words such as “up” and “over” that make people fight about whether they are prepositions or adverbs. FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl Snapchat:…
563 GG Singular ‘They’
Apr 6 • 12 min
Singular ‘They’
562 GG AP Style and Chicago Manual of Style Updates
Mar 30 • 15 min
AP Style and Chicago Manual of Style Updates 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:…
561 GG $10 Million Comma. Ambiguous Sentences. Tribute to Bill Walsh
Mar 23 • 13 min
The $10 Million Comma. Ambiguous Sentences. A Tribute to Bill Walsh.
560 GG Devil’s Advocate. 3 Tips for Creating Sentences with Punch
Mar 16 • 12 min
This week we talk about why we call someone a “devil’s advocate” and why the rules of writing are the same for good lawyers and good thriller writers. FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl…
559 GG. Abbreviations. And Then the Murders Began. Runcible. Haiku.
Mar 9 • 11 min
This week, I have a Quick and Dirty Tip about how to define abbreviations that you use over and over in a document and a tidbit about a fun internet meme called #LaidlawsRule. And, to finish our little poetry kick over the last couple of weeks, I have a…
558 GG How to Write Good Survey Questions
Mar 2 • 14 min
How to avoid biasing your questions and annoying your respondents.
557 GG Double Dactyl Poetry
Feb 23 • 14 min
Write a double dactyl poem in honor of National Grammar Day. FOLLOW ALONG ON THE WEBSITE Double Dactyl Poetry: http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/node/9136 FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl…
556 GG Tumult. Bull in a China Shop. Always, Never, Usually, Often, Most, and More
Feb 16 • 10 min
FOLLOW ALONG ON THE WEBSITE Tumult: http://bit.ly/2lSXWtI Absolutes: http://bit.ly/2kD6CTf DISCOVERY CHANNEL ‘BULL IN A CHINA SHOP’ VIDEO http://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/mythbusters/videos/bull-in-a-china-shop/ FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter:…
555 GG. Toe/Tow the Line. Pled or Pleaded. Animal Idioms.
Feb 9 • 12 min
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 Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl Snapchat:…
554 GG ‘Reticent’ or ‘Reluctant.’ Which’ or ‘That.’
Feb 2 • 10 min
This week we talk about the difference between “reluctant” and “reticent” and when to use “which” or “that.” FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl Snapchat:…
553 GG Not Only, But Also. Leave in the Lurch. Month Names.
Jan 26 • 12 min
This week we talk about a common error you should avoid when using “not only” with “but also.” We examine why we talk about leaving someone “in the lurch.” What’s a lurch? And finally, we look at the interesting origins of the month names in English.…
551 Capital vs Capitol. Citing Podcasts and Websites
Jan 19 • 11 min
Are people in the capitol or capital this weekend? Also, why do citations even matter and what should you look for in a source? SPONSORS Download the Dunkin’ app and enroll in DD Perks with the code PODCAST to get a free Dunkin’ beverage.…
551 GG. Words of the Year. Writing Tips.
Jan 12 • 15 min
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 FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook:…
550 GG Enormity or Enormousness? Badminton
Jan 5 • 7 min
This week we discuss whether there is really a difference between “enormity” and “enormousness” and about how badminton (not badmitten) got its name. UPDATED AP STYLE INTERACTIVE WEB COURSE http://www.ragan.com/Z5AC03-MACMIL FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter:…
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