Series: 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 your love of the English language. 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.

804 – Another Think/Thing Coming. ‘Sanction,’ ‘Cleave,’ ‘Dust,’ and More

Are Americans ruining the put-down “You’ve got another think coming,” or was it the British band Judas Priest?

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

A conversation with Merriam-Webster’s Emily Brewster about the 2020 words of the year

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

Brandon shares funny stories about character and place names gone wrong, his writing struggles, and what the future holds for his work

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801 – How to Get Your ‘Just Deserts.’ Comma After ‘But’? Why?

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 why they do. (But don’t.)

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

End sentences with prepositions and never spell “dessert” and “desert” wrong again.

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799 – What ‘Whence’ Has to Do with ‘Where Are You At?’ ‘Regime’ or ‘Regimen’?

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,’ and ‘regiment.’

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797 – Why Dickens’ Character Names Are So Revealing. ‘Continual’ or ‘Continuous’?

What Dickens can teach you about choosing your characters’ names. Plus, how to remember the frustratingly different meanings of “continuous” and “continual.”

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795 – Why People Use Scare Quotes. ‘Dialog’ or ‘Dialogue’?

We have some theories on why people write things such as “‘fresh’ meat.” Plus, we dig into the two spellings of “dialog” (or is that “dialogue”?).

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