Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for English

Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for English

812 - Kibosh. Sidekicks. Misolation.

The origin of "kibosh" is a long-standing mystery in the English language. Yiddish? A whip? Clog-makers...

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811 - Inigo Montoya and Coining Phrases. 'Dose' or 'Dosage'?

Coin a phrase? It does not mean what you think it means. And get your dose (or dosage?) right. Subscribe to the...

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810 - Words out of Time. Why 'OK' Is OK.

Would words and phrases like "operative" and "pump him for information" be out of place in a...

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809 - Rethink Descriptions Like 'Diabetic.' The Wonderful World of Italics,

Should you call someone a diabetic or a person with diabetes? Also, are you confused about when to use italics? We...

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808 - 6 Latin Abbreviations You Should Know. 'Imply' or 'Infer'?

6 Latin Abbreviations You Should Know. 'Imply' or 'Infer'? Subscribe to the newsletter for...

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807 - Why We Call Them Sea 'Shanties.' A Trick to Remember How to Spell 'Conscience'

If you're enjoying sea shanties these days, have you wondered why they're called "shanties"? Plus,...

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806 - Why You Should Try Fanfiction. How to Find Tricky Pronunciations.

Why writing fanfiction can make you a better overall writer. Plus, my tricks for figuring out tricky pronunciations....

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805 - 'Acedia': the lost name for the emotion we're all feeling right now

"Acedia": the lost name for the emotion we're all feeling right now. Plus, when does "thank...

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804 - Another Think/Thing Coming. 'Sanction,' 'Cleave,' 'Dust,' and More

Are Americans ruining the put-down "You've got another think coming," or was it the British band Judas...

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803 - Pandemic, COVID, anderhalvemetersamenleving: 2020 Words of the Year

It's the Oscars of the language world: word-of-the-year data analysis and voting! A spirited conversation with...

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802 - Brandon Sanderson on Writing, Character and Place Names, and the Future

Brandon shares funny stories about character and place names gone wrong, his writing struggles, and what the future...

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801 - How to Get Your 'Just Deserts.' Comma After 'But'? Why?

More people get the phrase "just deserts" wrong than get it right, but we're here to help! Also, why do...

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800 - What Did You Step On? And Is That a Desert or a Dessert?

Here's why you can ignore zombie rules and why it's actually better to write "What did you step...

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799 - What 'Whence' Has to Do with 'Where Are You At?' 'Regime' or 'Regimen'?

Why the decline of 'whence' and 'whither' led to 'Where are you at?' And weird memory tricks...

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798 - Why 'Hilarious' Is Funnier than 'Hysterical.' How to Start a Novel.

The root of "hysterical" may surprise you (and make you want to use "hilarious" instead). Also,...

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797 - Why Dickens' Character Names Are So Revealing. 'Continual' or 'Continuous'?

What Dickens can teach you about choosing your characters' names. Plus, how to remember the frustratingly...

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796 - What Is a 'Crony'? Why Doesn’t 'Veterans Day' Have an Apostrophe?

What Is a 'Crony'? Why Doesn’t 'Veterans Day' Have an Apostrophe? Use the hashtag...

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795 - Why People Use Scare Quotes. 'Dialog' or 'Dialogue'?

We have some theories on why people write things such as "'fresh' meat." Plus, we dig in to the two...

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794 - Create Characters as Great as Hamlet. How to Format Internal Dialogue

6 steps to help you create gripping characters. Plus, we talk about how to format internal dialogue: italics,...

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793 - Why Journalists Use Misspellings Like 'Lede' and 'Spox'

Journalists "bury the lede," not the "lead." But why do they spell it that way? And what do HTK,...

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