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
655 - ‘Myriad’ or ‘Myriad Of’? What Is a Run-On Sentence?
Jan 10 • 13 min
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. FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/grammargirl Twitter:…
654 - ‘Stint’ or ‘Stent’? How to Pronounce ‘Coyote.’
Jan 3 • 17 min
This week, I give you a memory trick—based on an amazing story from history—for remembering the difference between “stint” and “stent,” and we look at why people pronounce “coyote” at least five different ways. FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL YouTube:…
653 - How to Use an Asterisk. Journaling.
Dec 27, 2018 • 12 min
This week, we learn the ins and outs of using an asterisk and talk about the many ways to keep a journal. FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/grammargirl Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl…
652 - ‘Purposely’ or ‘Purposefully’? Yule.
Dec 20, 2018 • 12 min
In this week’s Grammar Girl podcast, I help you stop misusing “purposefully” and delve into the history of yuletide. FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/grammargirl Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook:…
651 - ‘Capitulate’ or ‘Recapitulate’? Colons.
Dec 13, 2018 • 12 min
This week, we investigate why “capitulate” and “recapitulate” have such different meanings when they seem so similar, and we review how to use colons. It’s probably more complicated than you think because different style guides have different…
650 - ‘Wreaked’ or ‘Wrought’? ‘Crescendo.’ Could We Understand Aliens?
Dec 6, 2018 • 15 min
This week, we’ll explore the difference between “wreaked” and “wrought,” learn a trick to never misuse or misspell “crescendo” again, and answer the question: Could we understand alien beings? FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL YouTube:…
649 - ‘Ado’ or ‘Adieu’? Pronouns and Antecedents
Nov 29, 2018 • 15 min
This week, we’ll tease apart the ado/adieu eggcorn and make some funny sentences using pronoun/antecedent errors. FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/grammargirl Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook:…
648 - Does Your Language Influence How You Think?
Nov 22, 2018 • 24 min
The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis claims that the language you speak determines the way you think. It’s been widely debunked, but we go through some studies that seem to support it and some studies that don’t. It’s all fascinating! FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL YouTube:…
647 - Pronoun Order. ‘Flier’ or ‘Flyer.’ The Plural of ‘Mouse.’
Nov 15, 2018 • 13 min
This week, I have a Quick and Dirty Tip about pronouns and how you should order them, another Quick and Dirty Tip about how to spell “flyer” (or is that “flier”?), and a meaty middle about the plural of the word “mouse.” FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL YouTube:…
646 - ‘Blond’ or ‘Blonde’? How ‘Trolloping’ Became a Word.
Nov 8, 2018 • 16 min
Have you ever wondered why we have two ways to spell “blond(e)”? Also, I share some fascinating American frontier history that reveals how “trolloping’ became a word. FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/grammargirl Twitter:…
645 - Interview with New York Times bestselling author Courtney Summers
Nov 1, 2018 • 17 min
This week is a special show. I interview Courtney Summers, the author of the New York Times best-selling novel “Sadie,” and learn what it was like to work on a book that also had a podcast component and what inspires Courtney to write such dark novels.…
644 - ‘Sit’ or ‘Set’? Monster Names.
Oct 25, 2018 • 9 min
This week, teaching a dog to sit can help you remember “sit” versus “set,” and we get ready for Halloween with words that come from monster names. FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl…
643 - ‘In the Limelight.’ ‘A’ or ‘An’?
Oct 18, 2018 • 14 min
This week, we figure out why we say people are “in the limelight,” and we explain the rules for using “a” and “an”—many people misunderstand the rules (or were taught wrong). FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook:…
642 - ‘Regard’ Versus ‘Regards.’ Languages Without Numbers.
Oct 11, 2018 • 15 min
This week, we tease out when to use “regard” and when to use “regards,” and we learn about fascinating languages that don’t have numbers. FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl Pinterest:…
641 - ‘Myself.’ ‘Get the Skinny.’
Oct 4, 2018 • 17 min
This week, I help people learn how to use the word “myself” (and talk about some interesting dialects) and investigate about why we say we “get the skinny” on something. FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook:…
640 - Can a Screw Screw Itself into a Board? (Middle Voice)
Sep 27, 2018 • 19 min
This week, we look at an interesting kind of sentence that’s written in the “middle voice.” FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl Instagram:…
639 - Great Paragraphs. Falling off the Turnip Truck.
Sep 20, 2018 • 10 min
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:…
638 - ‘None.’ How Pirates Talked.
Sep 13, 2018 • 12 min
Some people say only “none is” is right, but we tackle “none are.” Plus, we have an extra fun segment about pirate-speak for Talk Like a Pirate Day. FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl…
637 - ‘MacGyver.’ ‘Semicolons.’
Sep 6, 2018 • 10 min
Last week, I talked about “MacGyvering” things, so this week, I explain what I meant. Plus, I talk about one of the most contentious punctuation marks: the semicolon. FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook:…
636 - ‘To Boot.’ Duck Tape. ‘Can’ and ‘May.’ Pronouns.
Aug 30, 2018 • 16 min
This week, I have more evidence that “quick and dirty” is from the Pacific Northwest, why we say “to boot,” whether the correct name is “duct tape” or “duck tape,” whether it’s really wrong to say “Can I go to the bathroom,” and an excerpt from an…
635 - ‘Quick and Dirty.’ ‘Momentarily.’ Short Subjects.
Aug 23, 2018 • 13 min
For everyone who has wondered why we’re called the “Quick and Dirty Tips” podcast network, I have the origin story. Plus, we’ll talk about how annoyed you should get when people use “momentarily” to mean “in a moment” and why you should favor shorter…
634 - ‘Rack’ or ‘Wrack’? How to Eliminate Adverbs.
Aug 16, 2018 • 9 min
Did you know that “wrack” is a word for seaweed? I didn’t! Also, getting rid of adverbs usually improves your writing, but not always. FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl Pinterest:…
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Aug 14, 2018 • 11 min
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633 - Is That Comment Facetious, Sarcastic, or Sardonic? Cleft Sentences.
Aug 9, 2018 • 15 min
Is That Comment Facetious, Sarcastic, or Sardonic? Cleft Sentences. FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl Instagram:…
632 - ‘Ask’ as a Noun. Ships as ‘She.’
Aug 2, 2018 • 13 min
This week we answer a listener question about “the ask” and look at whether it’s OK to call boats, cars, and countries “she.” FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl Pinterest:…
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