Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

'Borrow' and 'Lend.' When to Use 'Nor.' Boncho.

Hinzugefügt: 8. April 2021

We use a children's book and a Shakespeare play to talk about "borrow" and "lend," and then we help with the complexities of using "neither" and "nor." Subscribe to the newsletter for regular...

1) Squirrelly Animal Verbs. 2) 'People,' 'Peoples,' and 'Persons': Why It Matters.

Hinzugefügt: 1. April 2021 - Durchschnittliche Bewertung: 3

To hog, to ram, to bird dog. We run through a fun list of animal-inspired verbs. Plus, amazingly, it wasn't that long ago that usage experts recommended "persons" instead of "people." And...

A vast number of words have surprising origins. We talked about some today, including "scientist," "impressionist," "beatnik," and "paradigm."

Hinzugefügt: 25. März 2021

A vast number of words have surprising origins. We talked about some today with author Ralph Keyes, including "scientist," "impressionist," "beatnik," and "paradigm." Subscribe to the newsletter...

'Normalcy' or 'Normality'? A Punctuation Question from a Famous Movie Line. Taco Cats.

Hinzugefügt: 18. März 2021 - Durchschnittliche Bewertung: 1,5

Did you know that in the book "Gone with the Wind," Rhett Butler said "My dear..." instead of "Frankly, my dear..."? Also, are we getting back to normalcy or normality? One of these words came from...

It's Not Just March. Other Months Have 'Ides' Too! Are You on the Pig's Back Today?

Hinzugefügt: 12. März 2021 - Durchschnittliche Bewertung: 5

Instead of bewaring the ides of March, I'm going to beware engaging with the Roman calendar. What a fascinating mess! In honor of St. Patrick's Day, we also look at some fun Irish phrases....

813 - The History of National Grammar Day. My Favorite Resources. Anniversity

Hinzugefügt: 5. März 2021

Have you ever wondered WHY we celebrate National Grammar Day? Who started this thing anyway? And if you want to do your own grammar research, I'll help you get started. Subscribe to the...

812 - Kibosh. Sidekicks. Misolation.

Hinzugefügt: 26. Februar 2021

The origin of "kibosh" is a long-standing mystery in the English language. Yiddish? A whip? Clog-makers tools? We investigate. Also, sidekicks play interesting and important roles in fiction. Does...

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

Hinzugefügt: 19. Februar 2021 - Durchschnittliche Bewertung: 5

Coin a phrase? It does not mean what you think it means. And get your dose (or dosage?) right. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. Join the...

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

Hinzugefügt: 11. Februar 2021

Would words and phrases like "operative" and "pump him for information" be out of place in a novel set in the 1800s? We investigate! And we also look at the two spellings of "OK/okay," and I...

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

Hinzugefügt: 5. Februar 2021

Should you call someone a diabetic or a person with diabetes? Also, are you confused about when to use italics? We have the basics (and something that might be changing)! Subscribe to the...

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

Hinzugefügt: 28. Januar 2021

6 Latin Abbreviations You Should Know. 'Imply' or 'Infer'? Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. Join the conversation on...

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

Hinzugefügt: 14. Januar 2021

Why writing fanfiction can make you a better overall writer. Plus, my tricks for figuring out tricky pronunciations. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Watch my LinkedIn Learning...

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

Hinzugefügt: 7. Januar 2021

"Acedia": the lost name for the emotion we're all feeling right now. Plus, when does "thank you" need a hyphen? Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Watch my LinkedIn Learning...

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

Hinzugefügt: 31. Dezember 2020 - Durchschnittliche Bewertung: 5

Are Americans ruining the put-down "You've got another think coming," or was it the British band Judas Priest? Also, everyone loves Janus words like "sanction," "cleave," and "dust." We talk...

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

Hinzugefügt: 24. Dezember 2020

It's the Oscars of the language world: word-of-the-year data analysis and voting! A spirited conversation with Merriam-Webster's Emily Brewster about the 2020 words of the year. Subscribe...

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

Hinzugefügt: 17. Dezember 2020

Brandon shares funny stories about character and place names gone wrong, his writing struggles, and what the future holds for his work. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Watch my...

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

Hinzugefügt: 10. Dezember 2020

More people get the phrase "just deserts" wrong than get it right, but we're here to help! Also, why do some people put a comma after "but"? They shouldn't, but we have some theories about...

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

Hinzugefügt: 3. Dezember 2020

Here's why you can ignore zombie rules and why it's actually better to write "What did you step on?" than "On what did you step?" (But also when you can't ignore those rules!) Then, I...

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

Hinzugefügt: 26. November 2020 - Durchschnittliche Bewertung: 5

Why the decline of 'whence' and 'whither' led to 'Where are you at?' And weird memory tricks to help you remember the difference between 'regime,' 'regimen,'...

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

Hinzugefügt: 19. November 2020 - Durchschnittliche Bewertung: 1

The root of "hysterical" may surprise you (and make you want to use "hilarious" instead). Also, things to remember when starting a novel. Use the hashtag #WhereIListen and tag me to show me where...