Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

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Grammar Girl provides short, friendly tips to improve your writing. 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. To download podcast episodes not shown here, visit QuickandDirtyTips.com

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You'll get fun and friendly doses of writing advice in three short chunks: a Quick and Dirty Tip, a meaty middle, and a final tidbit. Grammar Girl covers everything from punctuation and grammar to style and voice. QuickandDirtyTips.com
Language
🇬🇧 English
last modified
2019-08-16 12:58
last episode published
2019-08-15 20:45
publication frequency
29.66 days
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QuickAndDirtyTips.com author  
Mignon Fogarty, Inc. owner  
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Number of Episodes
181
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Education Higher Education Literature Language Courses Arts

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Episodes

Date Thumb Title & Description Contributors
15.08.2019

714 - Eponyms: Cardigan, Dunce, Quisling, and More.

Some words get their names from people, and when they do, the stories are usually fascinating. LINKS AND SPONSORS | Magoosh: http://magoosh.com code: GRAMMAR | True & Co.: http://trueandco.com/grammar code: GRAMMAR | Babbel: http://babbel.com | Gra...
12.08.2019

713 - More Apostrophe Mayhem. Dyslexia Writing Tips

One of the most common questions I get is how to make a word like "Kansas" possessive. There isn't a right or wrong answer, but I can help you decide which is best for you. Also, we have tips on how to make your work easier to read for people with dysl...
8.08.2019

712 - Apostrophe Catastrophe. What (or Who) Is a Cipher?

It's not your fault apostrophes are confusing. We have help. Also, I called someone a "cipher," and my husband didn't know what that meant. LINKS AND SPONSORS | Magoosh: http://magoosh.com code: GRAMMAR | True & Co.: http://trueandco.com/grammar co...
5.08.2019

711 - Misheard Song Lyrics and Eggcorns. The Ampersand.

When you mishear song lyrics, the resulting (often funny) error is called a mondegreen. We have the story about why and the run-down on similar funny errors. Also, did you know the ampersand used to be the last "letter" in the alphabet? LINKS AND SPONS...
1.08.2019

710 - Vacay. Why Some People Call Green Peppers 'Mangoes'

It's time to take off, and we have 10 words to describe it. Also, we dig in to an interesting mystery: Why some people call green peppers "mangoes." LINKS AND SPONSORS | Magoosh: http://magoosh.com code:GRAMMAR | Audible: http://audible.com/GG or text ...
29.07.2019

709 - Surprise! The History of Semicolons Is Exciting.

I talked with Cecelia Watson, author of the new book "Semicolon" about how grammar writers in the 1800s became fabulously wealthy, struggled to create rules, and had vicious arguments; and we talked about how researching the book changed her approach t...
25.07.2019

708 - Why Alcohol Is 'Hard.' 'Phenomena' or 'Phenomenon'?

A listener asked why we call some kinds of alcohol hard drinks and spirits, so we found the answer! Also, I'll help you remember the difference between "phenomenon" and "phenomena." LINKS AND SPONSORS | Magoosh: http://magoosh.com code:GRAMMAR | Blinki...
22.07.2019

707 - How and Why the Internet Is Changing Language

Gretchen McCulloch studies how people use language on the internet, and today we talked about her new book, "Because Internet." I bet you'll recognize yourself or your friends in her insights. I did! LINKS AND SPONSORS | Embark: http://embarkvet.com pr...
18.07.2019

706 - Sometimes It's Not a Bad Idea to Dumb Down Your Language.

Why sometimes it's not a bad idea to dumb down your language. LINKS AND SPONSORS | True & Co: http://trueandco.com/grammar code:GRAMMAR | Grammar Girl Email Newsletter | https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newsletters | Grammar Girl's AP style webina...
15.07.2019

705 - 'Blue Collar,' 'Bluestocking,' and 'the Blue Hair Brigade.' 'Oral' Versus 'Verbal.'

We talk about the origins of the phrases "blue collar," "bluestocking," and "blue hair," and discuss whether you should follow a rule you may not have even heard before: Don't use "verbal" to mean "spoken." LINKS AND SPONSORS | Blinkist: http://blinkis...
11.07.2019

704 - Present Tense When Writing About Fiction. The Poop Emoji and Eggcorns.

If you're writing about fiction, especially time-shifting fiction, it can be tricky figuring out whether to use present tense or past tense. We have help! Also, I answer a listener question about a funny mix up about the poop emoji. LINKS AND SPONSORS ...
8.07.2019

703 - Why There Are 9 Different Ways to Pronounce the Letter T

We count nine different allophones of the letter T. Odds are good you'll recognize them all (and some of them may annoy you). LINKS AND SPONSORS | Babbel: http://babbel.com/grammar | True & Co: http://trueandco.com/grammar CODE: GRAMMAR | Bombas:...
4.07.2019

702 - ‘All of a Sudden’ or ‘All of the Sudden’? ‘Baited’ or ‘Bated’ Breath?

I had a listener insist the wrong way of saying "suddenly" was right, so I had to look into it. Also, I'll help you spell "bated breath" properly (and explain why it looks so weird). LINKS AND SPONSORS | Babbel: http://babbel.com/grammar | Grammar Girl...
1.07.2019

701 - ‘Biweekly’ or ‘Semiweekly’? ‘Foward' and ‘Forward.’

Today I have a Quick and Dirty Tip about the difference between “biweekly” and “semiweekly,” and I respond to a listener question about why I pronounce “forward” without the R. LINKS AND SPONSORS | Babbel: http://babbel.com/grammar | Grammar Girl Email...
27.06.2019

700 - When to Capitalize 'Google.' Why Zero is 'Love' in Tennis.

Today I answer a listener question about how to write "Google" when you use it as a verb, and we talk about the strange scoring system in tennis. Wimbledon is upon us!  LINKS AND SPONSORS | Blinkist: http://blinkist.com/grammar | Grammar Girl Email New...
24.06.2019

699 - When to Capitalize Computer Terms. StetWalk

Today I answer listener questions about how to write about a Word document, a PDF file, or a zip file. And learn how to play along with #StetWalk! LINKS AND SPONSORS | Stitcher App: http://stitcherapp.com/grammar | Grammar Girl Email Newsletter: https:...
20.06.2019

698 - 'Subpoena.' When To Capitalize 'The' in Titles.

I could never remember how to spell "subpoena" until I came up with a memory trick! Also, we go over the tricky cases of when to capitalize the word "the" in titles such as The New York Times and The Chicago Manual of Style. Sometimes you do, and somet...
17.06.2019

697 - What Anyone Can Learn From the College Essay Process

Even if you're not applying to college right now, the format of the college essay has a lot to teach about writing and self-reflection. A college essay can be an exploratory journey that ends up being about much more than getting into college. College ...
13.06.2019

696 - Hyphens in Ages. The Emphatic 'This.'

We talk about when to use (and not use) hyphens in ages, and when it's OK to say, "I listen to THIS podcast that covers language" instead of "I listen to A podcast that covers language." LINKS AND SPONSORS | Start With This: http://startwiththispodcast...
10.06.2019

695 - 'Armageddon' or 'Apocalypse'? Numbers in Dialogue.

Watching the new show "Good Omens," we started wondering about the difference between Armageddon and the apocalypse. Also after helping a friend with an editing dispute about numbers in dialogue, we wanted to pass on some advice about style guides and ...
6.06.2019

694 - Country Names and “The”: The Ukraine or Ukraine. Theater Idioms.

You used to hear people say "the Ukraine," but now it's just "Ukraine." We know why! Plus, in honor of the Tony Awards, we talk about idioms from the theater. LINKS AND SPONSORS | How to Be Yourself Book: http://bit.ly/beyourselfgrammar | Bombas: https...
3.06.2019

693 - What's Wrong with Saying Something Is 'Very Unique'?

What's wrong with saying something is "very unique"? Plus, autological words like "longer." LINKS AND SPONSORS | Family Ghosts Podcast: https://familyghostspodcast.com/ | Audible: https://audible.com/GG or text GG to 500-500 | Aspiration App Grammar Gi...
30.05.2019

692 - Godzilla, Cryptids, and Dilemma Comments.

Merriam-Webster added the word “cryptid” to its dictionary, and “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” is hitting theaters, so it seemed like a good time to talk about a few monster words and to answer an important question: Is Godzilla a cryptid? LINKS AND ...
27.05.2019

691 - BONUS: Introducing Science Rules! with Bill Nye

Bill Nye is on a mission to change the world—one phone call at a time. On his new podcast, Science Rules!, he tackles the curliest questions on just about anything in the universe. Perhaps you’ve wondered: Should I stop eating cheeseburgers to combat c...
23.05.2019

690 - The Spelling Bee Kids

The author of "Beeline" reveals where those funny example sentences come from in the spelling bee and what the success of young spellers can tell us about Generation Z. LINKS AND SPONSORS | Grammar Girl Email Newsletter: https://www.quickanddirtytips.c...
20.05.2019

689 - More or most? Majority or plurality? The many (how many?) ways to describe amounts.

How many do you need for a "majority." When "a couple" isn't two. And more. ]]>
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688 - Dangling Participles

What are participles and why do they dangle?  LINKS AND SPONSORS | Graduation Sweepstakes: http://bit.ly/qdtlifeaftercollege |  Grammar Girl's AP style webinar: http://bit.ly/GrammarWebinar2019 | GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME | Optimized for iPad: http://bit.ly...
13.05.2019

687 - What It's Like to Be a Book Editor and Translator

Palgrave Macmillan executive editor Elisabeth Dyssegaard is from Denmark and also works as a translator. LINKS AND SPONSORS | http://bombas.com/grammar |  Grammar Girl's AP style webinar: http://bit.ly/GrammarWebinar2019 | GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME | Optimi...
9.05.2019

686 - The 'Dilemma' Dilemma. 'Big Bang Theory" Words and Language.

The 'Dilemma' Dilemma. 'Big Bang Theory" Words and Language. LINKS AND SPONSORS | http://stamps.com Code:GRAMMAR | http://startwiththispodcast.com | Grammar Girl's AP style webinar: http://bit.ly/GrammarWebinar2019 | GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME | Optimized fo...
6.05.2019

685 - How to Find Work as a Freelance Writer. Adventure.

Tips for new graduates or anyone who is trying to get started as a freelance writer. Plus, the adventurous origin of the word "adventure." FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL | YouTube: http://bit.ly/YoutubeGrammar | Twitter: http://bit.ly/TwitterGrammarGirl | Faceboo...
2.05.2019

684 - ‘Unquote’ or ‘End Quote’? Cinco de Mayo. Horse Idioms.

Today we have a couple of fun, timely segments (Cinco de Mayo! The Kentucky Derby!) and we answer a listener question about whether Grammar Girl is misspeaking. FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL | YouTube: http://bit.ly/YoutubeGrammar | Twitter: http://bit.ly/Twitte...
29.04.2019

683 - ‘So’ and ‘So That’: What Type of Conjunction Are They?

‘So’ and ‘So That’: Coordinating or Subordinating Conjunction?  FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL | YouTube: http://bit.ly/YoutubeGrammar | Twitter: http://bit.ly/TwitterGrammarGirl | Facebook: http://bit.ly/FacebookGrammarGirl | Pinterest: http://bit.ly/PinterestGr...
25.04.2019

682 - Do You Drop Your T's? 'Sneaked' and 'Snuck.'

Young women are leading language change again! This time, it's dropping T's in words like "Vermont" and "important." Also, we look at how "snuck" is sneaking up on "sneaked." FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL | YouTube: http://bit.ly/YoutubeGrammar | Twitter: http:/...
22.04.2019

681 - 'The Dictionary of Difficult Words,' an Interview with Jane Solomon

Doppelganger, estival, and funambulist. Jane Solomon shares the story behind her new book, "The Dictionary of Difficult Words." FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL | YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/grammargirl | Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl | Facebook: h...
18.04.2019

680 - Wakandan, Groot, and Other Languages of the Marvel Universe. Easter and Passover.

Wakandan, Groot, and more. The movies in the Marvel universe are filled with interesting real and made-up languages. Plus, did you know Easter and Passover are linguistically related? FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL | YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/grammargirl |...
15.04.2019

679 - Brussels sprouts? Scotch eggs? Swedish meatballs? Which food names can you trust?

11.04.2019

678 - Moolah, Clams, and Scratch. God, Godsend, and Godfather.

8.04.2019

BONUS: LeVar Burton Reads

4.04.2019

676 - The Language of 'Game of Thrones'

1.04.2019

675 - Why Verbs Like 'Witness' Are Weird

28.03.2019

674 - How You Can Benefit Year-Round from NaNoWriMo

25.03.2019

673 - Schwa-ify This! Scrabble Stories

21.03.2019

672 - How a Semicolon Brought Two Writers Together

18.03.2019

671 - Why We Have Both 'Color' and 'Colour'

14.03.2019

670 - Equinox. Is Irish the Same as Gaelic?

11.03.2019

669 - 'Red Tape,' 'Red Herring,' 'Paint the Town Red,' and More 'Red' Idioms.

7.03.2019

668 - What's Wrong with 'These Ones'? Faith and Begorrah, We Have Irish Phrases for St. Patrick's Day!

4.03.2019

667 - Why ducks say "quack-quack" in English but "ga-ga" in Japanese.

28.02.2019

666 - Double Negatives.

25.02.2019

665 - Language News Chat