Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

How to Use a Semicolon, Amirite? Partu.

Hinzugefügt: 25. November 2021

Amirite? You have the tickets, don't you? Today we talk about those tiny questions at the end of sentences, what purpose they serve, and who is most likely to use them. Plus, we tackle that...

Penultimate. Veni, Vidi, Vici. Smidge.

Hinzugefügt: 18. November 2021

In this week's podcast, we discuss why you should never call your girlfriend your penultimate friend. Plus, we have fun and fascinating facts about Caesar and some of the phrases he gave us,...

New Words from WWII. How Places Like Featherstonehaugh Get Their Names. Uncoming.

Hinzugefügt: 11. November 2021

WWII was a rich source of new words for the English language. Before the 1940s, you couldn't tell an eager beaver to shut his pie hole while you were being debriefed by the head honcho. And...

Editing an Anthology: 'Wild Tongues Can't Be Tamed'

Hinzugefügt: 4. November 2021

Today, I talked with Saraciea Fennell, who works in publishing, is behind the Bronx Book Festival, and is also the editor of a new anthology, "Wild Tongues Can't Be Tamed," featuring essays...

Is That a Tombstone, Gravestone, or Headstone? Why Is the Sound of a Human Scream So Terrifying?

Hinzugefügt: 28. Oktober 2021

The words tombstone and gravestone used to refer to large stone slabs that served as a lid for a tomb or covering for a grave. Also, the human scream has a very particular sound that makes it...

Using Present Tense in a Story About the Past. Beck and Call. Tie-Dye Trees.

Hinzugefügt: 22. Oktober 2021

Have you noticed people switching to the present tense when they're telling stories? It actually has a name: It's called the "historical present tense." This is the article we mentioned if...

Surprise! These Names Are Trademarks. How to Write 'Dos and Don'ts' (or Is That 'Do's and Don'ts'?). Wording Your Mixes.

Hinzugefügt: 14. Oktober 2021

Many words we use every day are actually trademarks. Did you know about all the words we talked about today? Plus, we talk about some really weird spellings and dunk on "Eats, Shoots & Leaves."...

The Hedonometer and Your Feelings. What Does 'Schnozz' Mean?

Hinzugefügt: 7. Oktober 2021

Researchers and companies are harnessing computers to identify the emotions behind our written words. While sentiment analysis is far from perfect, it manages to distill meaning from huge amounts...

How Do You Pronounce 'Tomato'? Why Is 'Chiropractic' Singular. Fish.

Hinzugefügt: 30. September 2021

In the world of great debates, there is one that has been long enduring and still keeps language prescriptivists awake at night: Is it "tom-ay-to" or "tom-ah-to"? Now, this may not seem as...

The Power of Very Specific Words, with Joel Schwartzberg

Hinzugefügt: 23. September 2021

The author of "The Language of Leadership," Joel Schwartzberg, explains how you can make small tweaks to your language to make a big difference in your influence. Subscribe to the newsletter for...

How to Really Talk Like a Pirate. When Do You Need a Comma Before 'Because'?

Hinzugefügt: 16. September 2021

Based on the history of who was sailing the high seas, it's a good bet pirates sounded a lot more multicultural than Ol’ Long John Silver would have us believe. We also discuss when you need a...

Why and When 'Very Unique' Is Wrong. Capitalizing 'Delta Variant' (or Not). Happy to You.

Hinzugefügt: 9. September 2021

Instead of grinding your teeth about "very unique," pat yourself on the back for recognizing a widespread case of lexical broadening. Plus, we talk about why some people capitalize "Delta variant"...

Naked Idioms. Short-Lived. Capitalizing Earth. Hector Protector.

Hinzugefügt: 2. September 2021

We naked apes have been making up sayings with the word "naked" for a long time. Plus, we talk about how to pronounce "short-lived" and when to capitalize "earth." Subscribe to the newsletter for...

The Origin of 'Honeymoon.' 'Where' Versus 'In Which.' Fevesteter.

Hinzugefügt: 26. August 2021

What does getting married have to do with honey and the moon? What is tricky about the word "where"? Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course....

Weird Words for Alcohol. Starting a Sentence with 'However.'

Hinzugefügt: 19. August 2021

What does "Dutch courage" mean? And 10 other weird words for alcohol. Plus, the special thing you have to pay attention to when you start a sentence with "however." Subscribe to the newsletter for...

How Storytelling Makes a Difference (and How to Do It Well)

Hinzugefügt: 13. August 2021

As much as we'd like to believe that people are convinced by facts, years of cognitive research show that we are convinced by stories and emotions (and then we often find facts to support our...

What's the Opposite of Deja Vu? Commas Between Adjectives

Hinzugefügt: 5. August 2021

You know about deja vu, but do you know about jemais vu, presque vu, deja lu, deja entendu, and deja reve? Plus, we help you figure out when to put commas between adjectives. It's tricky, but...

The Best Stories from 15 Years of Grammar Girl

Hinzugefügt: 29. Juli 2021

We've gone through a lot of stories and tips in 15 years—more than a thousand. Today, I picked a few of my favorites for you. To sign up for my Advanced AP Style webinar, go to...

What the Two Spellings of Stationary/ery Have to Do with Booksellers. Why Pronunciations Change.

Hinzugefügt: 22. Juli 2021

"Stationary" and "stationery" have the same ultimate origin, but they evolved to have different meanings and one became tied to paper goods. Also, a recent survey in the UK highlighted...

'Fish' or 'Fishes'? Why Do We Call Out 'Nothing' as 'Bupkis'?

Hinzugefügt: 15. Juli 2021

"Fish" really does have two plurals. Usually you want "fish," but we talk about the odd examples when "fishes" is the right choice. Plus, "bupkis" can mean "nothing" or "something worthless," but...