Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

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WINNER OF BEST EDUCATION PODCAST IN THE 2017 PODCAST AWARDS. Grammar Girl provides short, friendly tips to improve your writing. Whether English is your first language or your second language, these grammar, punctuation, style, and business tips will...Show More
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14:32 | Mar 2nd, 2018

Celebrate National Grammar Day (March 4) by forsaking these common language myths. Also, enter our limerick contest and we might read your limerick in the next Grammar Girl podcast. (Details: http://bit.ly/ACES_limerick2018). Also, some dog breed nam...Show More

15:20 | Dec 5th

Making last names plural? Addressing more than one sister-in-law? More than one Mister? We show you how to address them properly. Also, we investigate why we sometimes ask "How come?" instead of "Why?" LINKS AND SPONSORS | Learn how you can get my ...Show More
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19:07 | Dec 2nd

The AP Stylebook changed its stance on using "over" to mean "more than." Plenty of people were shocked, but they shouldn't have been. And then we debate the linguistics of whether a hamburger is a sandwich. LINKS AND SPONSORS | Learn how you can ge...Show More

14:31 | Nov 28th

Have you ever wondered what cold turkey has to do with quitting a habit? We have the answer to that and we look at other turkey idioms. And continuing the Thanksgiving theme, we also explore the weird origin of the cornucopia.  LINKS AND SPONSORS | ...Show More

31:34 | Nov 25th

In this interview, Diana Pho, a two-time Hugo nominated editor with Tor.com Publishing, helped me understand the role of sensitivity readers and how to write a diverse cast of characters without completely screwing it up. LINKS AND SPONSORS | Learn...Show More
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35:11 | Nov 4th

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17:11 | Oct 31st

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35:59 | Oct 28th

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25:34 | Oct 21st

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10:55 | Oct 17th

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13:56 | Oct 14th

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33:51 | Oct 10th

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38:48 | Sep 23rd

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13:49 | Sep 16th

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16:51 | Sep 12th

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14:05 | Sep 9th

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