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Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

Five-time winner of Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards. Grammar Girl provides short, friendly tips to improve your writing and feed... more

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

904. "Through" and "throughout" may seem interchangeable, but they're not. We have some creative memory tricks to help you remember... more

02 Dec 2022 · 12 minutes
A Strange Use of 'Said.' Kith and Kin. New Scrabble Words!

903. A listener heard some jargon, and then got annoyed by "said" jargon, so we explored why. Plus, who... more

25 Nov 2022 · 12 minutes
Why Today's 'Thank You' Is Different from an Ancient 'Thank You.' Gerunds.

902. Language reflects culture, so it's no surprise that giving thanks hundreds of years ago was different from giving thanks... more

18 Nov 2022 · 16 minutes
WWII Words. A 'bit' of an Issue. Kleenex.

901. WWII spawned a bunch of new words, including "boffin" and "bonkers." We'll look into the history of these fun... more

11 Nov 2022 · 14 minutes
The Medieval Origins of the @ Symbol. Hyphens in Dual-Heritage Terms. Pitch.

900. The story of the @ symbol is much bigger than email. In fact, it was used for hundreds of... more

04 Nov 2022 · 14 minutes
The Difference Between Magic and Magick. Some Fascinating Spooky Words. Holy Fagachi!

899. Believe it or not, "magick" isn't just a funky way of spelling "magic." The two spellings have different meanings.... more

28 Oct 2022 · 14 minutes
Randall Munroe of xkcd: Language Chat and Weird Bee Laws.

898. Randall Munroe joined me this week to talk about his language-themed xkcd cartoons, his simple-language project Up Goer V,... more

21 Oct 2022 · 35 minutes
The Subconscious Rules of Conversation. The Double-Word Problem. Cookie Fish.

897. Have you ever written yourself into a "that that" or a "had had" situation and wondered how you got... more

14 Oct 2022 · 16 minutes
Wick-ED Fun Pronunciations. Deviled Eggs.

896. If you've ever wondered why we pronounce the "-ed" at the end of "wicked" (and "jagged," "beloved" and more),... more

07 Oct 2022 · 15 minutes
When Is a Man a Widow? Where Do We Get the Word 'Blurb'? Sci-Fi Versus Fantasy. Bert and Ernie.

895. A listener asked why he's hearing people refer to men as "widows," and we found a surprising history. Also,... more

30 Sep 2022 · 11 minutes
Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
What's a Honeyfuggler? 'Through' vs. 'Throughout.' Arriversary.
Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing