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Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

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Five-time winner of Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards. Grammar Girl provides short, friendly tips to improve your writing and feed your love of the English language. Whether English is your first language or your second language, these grammar, punctuation, style, and business tips will make you a better and more successful writer. Grammar Girl is a Quick and Dirty Tips podcast.

Five-time winner of Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards. Grammar Girl provides short, friendly tips to improve your writing and feed your love of the English language. Whether English is your first language or your second language, these grammar, punctuation, style, and business tips will make you a better and more successful writer. Grammar Girl is a Quick and Dirty Tips podcast.

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Five-time winner of Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards. Grammar Girl provides short, friendly tips to improve your writing and feed your love of the English language. Whether English is your first language or your second language, these grammar, punctuation, style, and business tips will make you a better and more successful writer. Grammar Girl is a Quick and Dirty Tips podcast.

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@GrammarGirl

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Episodes

Teddy Bears. The Brothers Grimm. Danger Cluck.

1/24/2023
912. We look at who the Teddy is in "teddy bears" and reveal why the Brothers Grimm, from fairytales, were also massively important in linguistics. | Transcript: https://grammar-girl.simplecast.com/episodes/teddy-bears/transcript | Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. | Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing courses. | Peeve Wars card game. | Grammar Girl books. | HOST: Mignon Fogarty | VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475) or https://sayhi.chat/grammargirl | Grammar Girl is...

Duration:00:09:06

Weird punctuation with 'Jr.' Carl's Jr. Hockey.

1/17/2023
911. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we cover a bunch of interesting things about labels such as "Jr.," "Sr.," and "III." Plus, we look at the origin of the names Carl's Jr. and Ruth's Chris Steak house. | Transcript: https://grammar-girl.simplecast.com/episodes/comma-before-jr/transcript | Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. | Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing courses. | Peeve Wars card game. | Grammar Girl books. | HOST: Mignon Fogarty | VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL...

Duration:00:15:30

Inflation, quiet quitting, and "un-" words, like "undressed," that can have two meanings. Gotcha Day.

1/10/2023
910. The final Grammar Girl word-of-the-year vote came down to "inflation" and "quiet quitting." We look at the interesting arguments voters made for both. Plus, we look at why some words that start with "un-" mean "not" and others mean "reversed"— and about the especially interesting words that can mean either (and why). | Transcript: https://grammar-girl.simplecast.com/episodes/2022-woty/transcript "Un-" Words Segment Edwin L. BattistellaDangerous, Crooked Scoundrels: Insulting the...

Duration:00:16:47

How COVID Changed the Way We Think About Words. How to Write Dates. Prefeed.

1/3/2023
909. In honor of 2023, we’ll talk about writing dates. And then we talk about a fascinating study about how COVID has changed the way we think about certain words. | Transcript: https://grammar-girl.simplecast.com/episodes/writing-dates/transcript COVID Words Segment Valerie Fridland| Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. | Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing courses. | Peeve Wars card game. | Grammar Girl books. | HOST: Mignon Fogarty | VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL...

Duration:00:14:59

World Cup Words. The Origin of Toasting. Says.

12/27/2022
908. You had word-related questions after watching the World Cup. We have answers! And for the holidays, we look at the origin of toasting with wine (and why it actually IS related to toasted bread). | Transcript: https://grammar-girl.simplecast.com/episodes/world-cup-words/transcript | Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. | Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing courses. | Peeve Wars card game. | Grammar Girl books. | HOST: Mignon Fogarty | VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL...

Duration:00:14:47

Goblin Mode, Woman, & More. Words of the Year, with Kory Stamper

12/20/2022
907. The fabulous Kory Stamper, author of "Word by Word," joins me this week to talk about words of the year: how they get chosen, what makes each one different, and what people yearn for in their words of the year. | Transcript: https://grammar-girl.simplecast.com/episodes/words-or-the-year/transcript My guest is Kory Stamper, author of "Word by Word, the Secret Life of Dictionaries." | Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. | Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing courses. |...

Duration:00:33:53

The Wonderful Words of Christmas

12/13/2022
906. A'wassailing. Noel. Mistletoe. Trolling the ancient Yuletide carol, and more. We look into the wonderful words of Christmas and their origins — as delightful as a Christmas cookie. You'll be shouting "drink-hail!" forevermore. | Transcript: https://grammar-girl.simplecast.com/episodes/wonderful-words-of-christmas/transcript The first segment was written by Kate Burridge and Howard Manns from Monash University. It appears here through a Creative Commons license. Read the original...

Duration:00:20:10

We found the book!

12/6/2022
905. Bonus Episode! You helped solve the mystery of my father's favorite childhood book. I also share quick and dirty tips from my email newsletter, my favorite social media posts, and some of my favorite products (one of which isn't a product at all). | Transcript: https://grammar-girl.simplecast.com/episodes/we-found-the-book/transcript | Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. | Affiliate link to get 40% off your first purchase at Thrive grocery: http://thrv.me/JnaJcb | Watch...

Duration:00:17:47

What's a Honeyfuggler? 'Through' vs. 'Throughout.' Arriversary.

12/2/2022
903. "Through" and "throughout" may seem interchangeable, but they're not. We have some creative memory tricks to help you remember the difference. Plus, we have fun with the word "honeyfuggler." | Transcript: https://grammar-girl.simplecast.com/episodes/what-is-a-honeyfuggler/transcript | Ragan Advanced AP Style Webinar The "through" segment was written by Ryan Paulsen who is an avid word nerd and co-host of the etymology podcast "Lexitecture. The "honeyfuggler" segment was written by...

Duration:00:15:23

A Strange Use of 'Said.' Kith and Kin. New Scrabble Words!

11/25/2022
903. A listener heard some jargon, and then got annoyed by "said" jargon, so we explored why. Plus, who the heck are your kith? And finally, we got excited about the first new Scrabble words since 2018. | Transcript: https://grammar-girl.simplecast.com/episodes/a-strange-use-of-said/transcript | Ragan Advanced AP Style Webinar | Merriam-Webster Scrabble Website The "said" segment was written by Susan K. Herman, a former editor, language analyst, and language instructor for the U.S....

Duration:00:15:10

Why Today's 'Thank You' Is Different from an Ancient 'Thank You.' Gerunds.

11/18/2022
902. Language reflects culture, so it's no surprise that giving thanks hundreds of years ago was different from giving thanks today. We have the fascinating history. Plus, since "Thanksgiving" is a gerund, we looked at all the interesting things you can do with gerunds in general. | Transcript: https://grammar-girl.simplecast.com/episodes/thank-you-history/transcript The Thanksgiving history segment was written by Valerie Fridland, a professor of linguistics at the University of Nevada in...

Duration:00:19:35

WWII Words. A 'bit' of an Issue. Kleenex.

11/11/2022
901. WWII spawned a bunch of new words, including "boffin" and "bonkers." We'll look into the history of these fun words and more in honor of Veterans Day. Plus, we'll talk about why an Australian called her desk being on fire, "a bit of an issue." | Transcript: https://grammar-girl.simplecast.com/episodes/wwii-words-a-bit-of-an-issue-kleenex/transcript | The segment on "a bit" is written by Isabelle Burke, Research Fellow in Linguistics, the Faculty of Arts, Monash University. It...

Duration:00:14:23

The Medieval Origins of the @ Symbol. Hyphens in Dual-Heritage Terms. Pitch.

11/4/2022
900. The story of the @ symbol is much bigger than email. In fact, it was used for hundreds of years before being saved from obscurity by the invention of electronic communication. I explore the medieval origin story of @, plus share a bunch of fun names for it in other languages. Also, many style books recently removed the hyphen from dual-heritage terms like "Asian American," and I explain why in a segment that includes a tribute to former Los Angeles Times editor Henry Fuhrmann. |...

Duration:00:14:37

The Difference Between Magic and Magick. Some Fascinating Spooky Words. Holy Fagachi!

10/28/2022
899. Believe it or not, "magick" isn't just a funky way of spelling "magic." The two spellings have different meanings. Plus, we look at the unusual origins of other cool words that make us think of Halloween: "haunt," "grave," "mesmerize," and "macabre." | Segment 1 on "magic" versus "magick" was written by Michaela Dunn. | Transcript: https://grammar-girl.simplecast.com/episodes/magic-versus-magick | Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. | Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing...

Duration:00:14:18

Randall Munroe of xkcd: Language Chat and Weird Bee Laws.

10/21/2022
898. Randall Munroe joined me this week to talk about his language-themed xkcd cartoons, his simple-language project Up Goer V, his biggest pet peeve, his favorite words, and his new book "What If? 2." But I have to confess that my favorite part was his tidbits about the bee laws. | Transcript: https://grammar-girl.simplecast.com/episodes/randall-munroe-of-xkcd | Buy What If? 2. | Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. | Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing courses. | Buy the...

Duration:00:35:50

The Subconscious Rules of Conversation. The Double-Word Problem. Cookie Fish.

10/14/2022
897. Have you ever written yourself into a "that that" or a "had had" situation and wondered how you got there? It doesn't mean you're a bad writer! I explain why this happens sometimes and how to best fix it. Also, we talk about the fascinating subconscious rules that guide conversations. | Transcript: https://grammar-girl.simplecast.com/episodes/the-subconscious-rules-of-conversation | Segment 2 is by Valerie Fridland: Website. Twitter. | Subscribe to the newsletter for regular...

Duration:00:16:58

Wick-ED Fun Pronunciations. Deviled Eggs.

10/7/2022
896. If you've ever wondered why we pronounce the "-ed" at the end of "wicked" (and "jagged," "beloved" and more), but don't at the end of words like "aggrieved," this show is for you! You'll also discover why "wicked" is different from "naked" and what's weird about the phrase "wicked witch." Plus, you'll learn why we call some food "deviled." | Transcript: https://grammar-girl.simplecast.com/episodes/the-weird-pronunciation-of-wicked | Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. |...

Duration:00:15:14

When Is a Man a Widow? Where Do We Get the Word 'Blurb'? Sci-Fi Versus Fantasy. Bert and Ernie.

9/30/2022
895. A listener asked why he's hearing people refer to men as "widows," and we found a surprising history. Also, I recently mentioned a blurb I wrote, and a reader wanted to know where we get that funny word "blurb." | Transcript: https://grammar-girl.simplecast.com/episodes/when-is-a-man-a-widow | Merriam-Webster "blurb" article. | Grammar Girl sci-fi versus fantasy article. | Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. | Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing courses. | Peeve Wars...

Duration:00:11:15

Mood & Atmosphere in Fiction. An Interview with Joshua Essoe

9/23/2022
894. Whether you're getting ready for National Novel Writing Month or just want to watch movies or read novels with more insight, this interview with fiction editor Joshua Essoe will help you about mood and atmosphere in ways you probably haven't considered before. | Transcript: https://grammar-girl.simplecast.com/episodes/mood-atmosphere-in-fiction-an-interview-with-joshua-essoe | Joshua Essoe's website. | Storybundle book bundles. | Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. |...

Duration:00:33:45

Split Infinitives. I Can't Even. Macken.

9/16/2022
893. You may be surprised by the origin of the split infinitive "rule" and by the times they are OK...or even necessary! Also, we look at slang phrases that drop whole grammatical elements and how they reinforce that in-group/out-group feeling of slang. | Transcript: https://grammar-girl.simplecast.com/episodes/split-infinitives | Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. | Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing courses. | Peeve Wars card game. | Grammar Girl books. | HOST: Mignon...

Duration:00:14:31