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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Demonyms: Why People from North Carolina Are Called Tar Heels. ‘Healthy’ Versus ‘Healthful.’ Sussies 3!

Are people from Liverpool really called “Liverpudlians”? Where does the name “Tar Heel” come from? We have the answers to some of the most interesting questions about demonyms: the names for people from specific places. Also, has anyone ever criticized you for using the word “healthy” instead of “healthful”? We explain why that happens. And finally, we’ve solved the mystery of “sussies.”

Are Wisdom Teeth Smart? Capitalizing Degree Names. Sussies 2

This week, we look at what makes wisdom teeth so smart, how to properly write the name of your degree, and what’s up with the “sussies” familect?

Whatever Happened to “Thou”?

Where’d “thou” go? And will it ever make a comeback?

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.

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