Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing


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What Does the AP Have Against France? Out Over Your Skis. Lands' End. Tolater.
January 31, 2023

913. This week brought us a silly kerfuffle in which the AP may have insulted France. Plus, we investigate the origin of the phrase "out over your skis" and why the apostrophe seems wrong in the compa

Teddy Bears. The Brothers Grimm. Danger Cluck.
January 24, 2023

912. We look at who the Teddy is in "teddy bears" and reveal why the Brothers Grimm, from fairytales, were also massively important in linguistics.

Weird punctuation with 'Jr.' Carl's Jr. Hockey.
January 17, 2023

911. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we cover a bunch of interesting things about labels such as "Jr.," "Sr.," and "III." Plus, we look at the origin of the names Carl's Jr. and Ruth's Chris S

Inflation, quiet quitting, and "un-" words, like "undressed," that can have two meanings. Gotcha Day.
January 10, 2023

910. The final Grammar Girl word-of-the-year vote came down to "inflation" and "quiet quitting." We look at the interesting arguments voters made for both. Plus, we look at why some words that start

How COVID Changed the Way We Think About Words. How to Write Dates. Prefeed.
January 03, 2023

909. In honor of 2023, well talk about writing dates. And then we talk about a fascinating study about how COVID has changed the way we think about certain words.

World Cup Words. The Origin of Toasting. Says.
December 27, 2022

908. You had word-related questions after watching the World Cup. We have answers! And for the holidays, we look at the origin of toasting with wine (and why it actually IS related to toasted bread).

Goblin Mode, Woman, & More. Words of the Year, with Kory Stamper
December 20, 2022

907. The fabulous Kory Stamper, author of "Word by Word," joins me this week to talk about words of the year: how they get chosen, what makes each one different, and what people yearn for in their wor

The Wonderful Words of Christmas
December 13, 2022

906. A'wassailing. Noel. Mistletoe. Trolling the ancient Yuletide carol, and more. We look into the wonderful words of Christmas and their origins as delightful as a Christmas cookie.

We found the book!
December 06, 2022

905. Bonus Episode! You helped solve the mystery of my father's favorite childhood book. I also share quick and dirty tips from my email newsletter, my favorite social media posts, and some of my favo

What's a Honeyfuggler? 'Through' vs. 'Throughout.' Arriversary.
December 02, 2022

904. "Through" and "throughout" may seem interchangeable, but they're not. We have some creative memory tricks to help you remember the difference. Plus, we have fun with the word "honeyfuggler."