Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

Hosted ByMignon Fogarty

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.


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How Spellers Tackle the ‘Dreaded Schwa’

You’ll never view spellers in the bee asking questions the same way again after you learn about the schwa from Brian Sietsema, an associate pronouncer for the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Why “‘Em” Isn’t Short for “Them.” The Subjunctive. Sussies.

When you say “Go get ’em!” you think that’s short for “Go get them,” but you’re wrong! We look at the fascinating history of some English pronouns. Plus, we look at how Neil Gaiman uses the subjunctive mood in “American Gods” to underscore moments of uncertainty.

Tomi Adeyemi: The Writing Life and Her New Writing Course.

With her book “Children of Blood and Bone” spending 120 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, Tomi Adeyemi knows what it takes to write a great book. Listen in on my conversation with this charming writer about her thoughts on the writing life and what she has to offer in her new masterclass, The Writer’s Roadmap.

Scissors, Jeans, and Other Nouns That Are Always Plural. Flat Adverbs. Boteep.

Today, we’ll talk about some weird nouns that are always plural, and then we’ll go two-dimensional and talk about flat adverbs.

If earth looks like a blue marble, why is Earth Day associated with the color green? Also, ‘funnest.’

The famous NASA “blue marble” image could have influenced people to make blue the color of environmentalism and Earth Day, but green won the day. In honor of the special day, we look at how the meaning of “green” has changed over time. Plus, we investigat

You Know. Doppelganger. Trademarks. Funnily. Chicken Milk.

I Cannot Tell a Lie (but I Can Mislead! And Sometimes People Do It With Percentages.

We look at the linguistic difference between lying and misleading, and then because people often lie with numbers, we look at the difference between “percent” and “percentage” and how to use them.

How Aphasia Causes Difficulty Speaking. Chairdrobe.

Prodded by Bruce Willis’s family’s announcement that he is leaving acting after being diagnosed with aphasia, we revisited language disorders, and the kinds of things we can learn from them.

Why Tired People Talk About Being ‘Out of Spoons.’ Why Nouns Are More Complicated Than You May Think.

Why Tired People Talk About Being ‘Out of Spoons.’ Why Nouns Are More Complicated Than You May Think.

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