Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for English

Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for English

772 - The History of ZIP Codes and Addresses (Plus How to Write Them)

If you've ever wondered how to capitalize 'ZIP Code' (or is that 'ZIP code' or 'zip...

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771 - Writing Lessons from Bad Job Applications

Our guest, Lindsay McMahon of the All Ears English podcast, recently hired and now shares the lessons she learned...

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770 - 'Muslim' or 'Moslem'? 'Fishfolk'? 'Fishist'? What Is the Gender-Neutral Term for 'Fisherman'?

Why do we use the new spelling "Muslim" and not the older spelling "Moslem" anymore? Also, we...

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769 - Why Do We Say 'Cool Your Heels'? What's Up With 'Zhuzh'?

Here's why we say "cool your heels" and "cool your jets"—they're different! Also,...

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768 - Why Aren't We 'Whelmed'? And Cabin 'Fever,' Anyone?

We know we can be overwhelmed. Why aren't we ever just whelmed? Also, maybe it was having cabin fever that made...

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767 - The semicolon is so much more interesting than you imagine

From 19th century grammatical duels to modern day suicide prevention campaigns, the semicolon has a long history of...

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766 - 'Flaunt' and 'Flout.' 'Band Together.'

The word "flaunt" and "flute" are strangely related (flue of shame, anyone?), but don't use...

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765 - Say No to Marshall Law. How 'Vaccine' Is Related to 'Cow.'

Why you could be forgiven for (briefly) getting excited about "Marshall Law." Plus, the word...

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764. Skeleton Crew. Hunker Down. Uncharted. Existential.

Times are terrible, but no matter what is happening, we will always have interesting words and phrases to explore....

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763. How to Write Better Email. 'Pandemic' vs. 'Epidemic.' 'Canceled' vs. 'Cancelled.'

Are you writing more email? We have seven ways to do it better. Also, we'll help you understand the difference...

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762 - How to Pronounce 'Celtic.' 'Whiskey' or 'Whisky'?

Sports fans say "Seltik." Historians say "Keltik." Here's the deal. Plus, have you ever...

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761 - Why It's Called 'Daylight Saving Time.' The Origin of the Word 'Woman.'

We're moving our clocks forward this weekend, but do you know why we call it "daylight saving time"?...

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757 - The days of the week are names you've known your whole life, but do you know their origin?

757 - The days of the week are names you've known your whole life, but do you know their origin?

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757 - The days of the week are names you've known your whole life, but do you know their origin?

757 - The days of the week are names you've known your whole life, but do you know their origin?

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