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
642 - ‘Regard’ Versus ‘Regards.’ Languages Without Numbers.
Oct 11 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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:…
BONUS: Words for Color
Aug 14 • 11 min
Hear one of my favorite segments from a recent Stitcher Premium bonus episode. These are normally available for only Stitcher Premium subscribers, but we want you to see what you’re missing! Subscribe to Grammar Girl at Stitcher Premium and use the code…
633 - Is That Comment Facetious, Sarcastic, or Sardonic? Cleft Sentences.
Aug 9 • 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 • 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:…
631 - Anniversaries. Conversate.
Jul 26 • 15 min
It’s the 12th anniversary of the Grammar Girl podcast! Or is that the 12-year anniversary? No! In honor of this illustrious event, we look at why people say they “conversate” and why they may want to think twice about it. FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter:…
630 - Who Wrote the ABC Song? Shark Idioms!
Jul 19 • 13 min
This week, we talk about who wrote the alphabet song that helps people learn their ABCs, and we investigate six silly idioms about sharks. #SharkWeek FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl…
629 - ‘Gourmet’ or ‘Gourmand’? Why July 14 Is Called Bastille Day.
Jul 12 • 13 min
In honor of Bastille Day (July 14), we talk about the difference between a gourmet and a gourmand, and we talk about words the French and English use to insult each other. FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook:…
628 - Why ‘Bag’ and ‘Beg’ Sound the same to some people? Does ‘Texas’ Mean ‘Crazy’?
Jul 5 • 14 min
This week, we’ll talk about why I pronounce the word “aggravate” in a way that irritated many of you, the difference between “interment” and “internment,” and why Norwegians use the word “Texas” to mean “wild” or “crazy.” FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter:…
627 - How to Write a Great Cover Letter. ‘Kinda’ and ‘Wanna’: Real Words or Not?
Jun 28 • 13 min
How to write a great cover letter. Also, we say “kinda,” “wanna,” and “gonna,” so why don’t we write them? FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl Pinterest:…
626 - ‘Aggravate’ Versus ‘Irritate’ What Is a Functional Shift?
Jun 21 • 10 min
Some people say you shouldn’t use “aggravate” to mean “irritate” or “annoy.” It has to do with the word’s origin. Also, does it irritate you when people use “invite” as a noun? FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook:…
625 - ‘Dinner’ or ‘Supper’? How to Write a Thank-You Note
Jun 14 • 15 min
‘Dinner’ or ‘Supper’? How to Write a Thank-You Note FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl Instagram: http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl…
624 - ‘Trooper’ and ‘Trouper.” Why Is It Called a Spelling Bee?
Jun 7 • 12 min
This week, we talk about the difference between a “trooper” and a “trouper,” about why a spelling bee is called a “bee,” and about a bunch of other “bee” idioms. FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook:…
623 - ‘Calvary’ or ‘Cavalry’? Spelling Bee Interview.
May 31 • 20 min
If you have trouble remembering how to pronounce "cavalry," I have a memory trick for you. Plus, if you love the spelling bee (or are just curious about how it works), I have a great interview with Paige Kimble, the executive director of the Scripps…
622 - Is a Troop One Person or a Group? Repetition
May 24 • 15 min
Is a troop one person or a group, and what's up with obviously repetitive phrases such as "It is what it is"? FOLLOW ALONG ON THE WEBSITE Troops: http://bit.ly/troop-troops Repetition: http://bit.ly/drink-drink FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter:…
621 - ‘Council’ or ‘Counsel’? Direct and Indirect Quotations. Oxymorons.
May 17 • 11 min
People have been confusing "council" and "counsel" since the 16th century. Sometimes you put single words such as "yes" and "no" in quotation marks, and sometimes you don't. We investigate three weird oxymorons: "bridegroom," "spendthrift," and…
620 - When to Capitalize ‘Mom.’ In the Doldrums.
May 10 • 16 min
Whether you capitalize "mom" depends on how you are using the word, and did you know that "the doldrums" are an actual location? FOLLOW ALONG ON THE WEBSITE Capitalizing "Mom": http://bit.ly/capitalize-mom In the Doldrums: http://bit.ly/in-the-doldrums…
619 - Co-worker. Barefaced and Baldfaced Lies. Mixed Metaphors.
May 3 • 13 min
Co-worker. Barefaced and Baldfaced Lies. Mixed Metaphors. FOLLOW ALONG ON THE WEBSITE Does Co-Worker Always Take a Hyphen? http://bit.ly/co-worker-hyphen Barefaced or Baldfaced Lie? http://bit.ly/barefaced-baldfaced Mixed Metaphors:…
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