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How Gendered Languages Are Changing. Jugopop.

This week we take a fascinating look at how highly gendered languages are dealing with the drive to become more inclusive. Plus, we look at the differences between "simple" and "simplistic" and "backward" and "backwards." TRANSCRIPT: https://grammar-girl.simplecast.com/episodes/how-gendered-languages-are-changing-jugopop | Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe. | Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. https://j.mp/3oooKmK | Peeve Wars card game https://www.thegamecrafter.com/games/grammar-girl-s-peeve-wars.  | Grammar Girl books https://bit.ly/GrammarPopBooks.  | HOST: Mignon Fogarty | VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475) or https://sayhi.chat/grammargirl | Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network. | Theme music by Catherine Rannus at beautifulmusic.co.uk http://beautifulmusic.co.uk/. | Grammar Girl Social Media Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.tiktok.com/@therealgrammargirl http://twitter.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl REFERENCES FOR THE GENDERED LANGUAGE SEGMENT BY VALERIE FRIDLAND https://valeriefridland.com: Braun, F., Sczesny, S., & Stahlberg, D. (2005). Cognitive Effects of Masculine Generics in German: An Overview of Empirical Findings.(1), 1-21.   Carreiras, M., Garnham, A., Oakhill, J., & Cain, K. (1996). The use of stereotypical gender information in constructing a mental model: evidence from English and Spanish. , (3), 639–663.  DeFranza, D., Mishra, H., & Mishra, A. (2020). How language shapes prejudice against women: An examination across 45 world languages. (1), 7–22. Eilers, S., Tiffin-Richards, S. P., & Schroeder, S. (2018). Individual differences in children’s pronoun processing during reading: Detection of incongruence is associated with higher reading fluency and more regressions., 250-267. Stahlberg, D., Braun, F., Irmen, L., & Sczesny, S. (2007). Representation of the sexes in language. In K. Fiedler (Ed.), 163-187. Moehlman, Lara. (2018) Can Hebrew Be Gender Neutral? https://momentmag.com/can-hebrew-be-gender-neutral/. Accessed 8.7.2022.

15m
Aug 12
How Using Pliers Improves Your Language. Weird Possessives. Ducky File.

An amazing study shows that tool use and language are connected in the brain and shows how using one can make you better at the other, and vice versa. Plus we look at some tricky possessives. Can you say "a friend of mine's car"? TRANSCRIPT:  https://grammar-girl.simplecast.com/episodes/how-using-pliers-improves-your-language The tools and language segment is by Claudio Brozzoli https://theconversation.com/profiles/claudio-brozzoli-1288760 a researcher at INSERM Lyon Neuroscience Research Center, and the Impact team at the Karolinska Institute https://theconversation.com/institutions/karolinska-institutet-1250, and Simon Thibault https://theconversation.com/profiles/simon-thibault-1288971, a Postdoctoral Researcher at Lyon Neuroscience Research Center https://theconversation.com/institutions/universite-claude-bernard-lyon-1-2487. It originally appeared on The Conversation https://theconversation.com/ and appears here through a Creative Commons license. Read the original https://theconversation.com/tool-use-and-language-skills-are-linked-in-the-brain-and-practising-one-improves-the-other-171464 (without my interjections). | Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe. | Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. https://j.mp/3oooKmK | Peeve Wars card game https://www.thegamecrafter.com/games/grammar-girl-s-peeve-wars.  | Grammar Girl books https://bit.ly/GrammarPopBooks.  | HOST: Mignon Fogarty | VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475) | Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network. | Theme music by Catherine Rannus at beautifulmusic.co.uk http://beautifulmusic.co.uk/. | Grammar Girl Social Media Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.tiktok.com/@therealgrammargirl http://twitter.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl

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Aug 05
A Riotous Good Time with Ellen Jovin of the Grammar Table

The delightful Ellen Jovin of the Grammar Table (you may have seen her sitting on the street answering grammar questions in your city) joined me to talk about her new book, "Rebel with a Clause," what possessed her to set up the Grammar Table in the first place, why Twitter is vastly better than Facebook for doing language polls, and more. TRANSCRIPT:  https://grammar-girl.simplecast.com/episodes/ellen-jovin-of-the-grammar-table | Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe. | Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. https://j.mp/3oooKmK | Peeve Wars card game https://www.thegamecrafter.com/games/grammar-girl-s-peeve-wars.  | Grammar Girl books https://bit.ly/GrammarPopBooks.  | HOST: Mignon Fogarty | VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475) | Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network. | Theme music by Catherine Rannus at beautifulmusic.co.uk http://beautifulmusic.co.uk/. | Grammar Girl Social Media Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.tiktok.com/@therealgrammargirl http://twitter.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl

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Jul 29
Ripe. Lede. Prevent. Awesome. Fulsome. MacGuffin. Daisy.

It's time for our quarterly listener question extravaganza! I answer your questions about the words "ripe," "lede," "prevent," "awesome," and "fulsome" and share some knowledge about MacGuffins and the drink known as a daisy. TRANSCRIPT:  https://grammar-girl.simplecast.com/episodes/ripe-lede-prevent-awesome-fulsome-macguffin-daisy | Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe. | Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. https://j.mp/3oooKmK | Peeve Wars card game https://www.thegamecrafter.com/games/grammar-girl-s-peeve-wars.  | Grammar Girl books https://bit.ly/GrammarPopBooks.  | HOST: Mignon Fogarty | VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475) | Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network. | Theme music by Catherine Rannus at beautifulmusic.co.uk http://beautifulmusic.co.uk/. | Grammar Girl Social Media Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.tiktok.com/@therealgrammargirl http://twitter.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl

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Jul 22
Why Nobody Says 'You're Welcome' Anymore. Whose. Chimichanga.

People often ask why people say "no worries" or "no problem" instead of "you're welcome," and we actually found an answer! Also, we look at whether it's OK to use "whose" for inanimate objects in a sentence such as "The chair whose legs are broken." TRANSCRIPT:  https://grammar-girl.simplecast.com/episodes/why-nobody-says-youre-welcome-anymore-whose-chimichanga | Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe. | Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. https://j.mp/3oooKmK | Peeve Wars card game https://www.thegamecrafter.com/games/grammar-girl-s-peeve-wars.  | Grammar Girl books https://bit.ly/GrammarPopBooks.  | HOST: Mignon Fogarty | VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475) | Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network. | Theme music by Catherine Rannus at beautifulmusic.co.uk http://beautifulmusic.co.uk/. | Grammar Girl Social Media Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.tiktok.com/@therealgrammargirl http://twitter.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl REFERENCES FOR THE "YOU'RE WELCOME" SEGMENT BY Valerie Fridland /valeriefridland.com: Aijmer, Karin. 1996. Conversational routines in English: Convention and creativity. London et al.: Longman. Dinkin, Aaron. J. 2018. It's no problem to be polite: Apparent‐time change in responses to thanks. Journal of Sociolinguistics  22(2): 190-215.  Jacobsson, M. 2002. Thank you and thanks in Early Modern English. ICAME Journal 26: 63-80. Rüegg, Larssyn. 2014. Thanks responses in three socio-economic settings: A variational pragmatics approach. Journal of Pragmatics 71. pp. 17–30. Schneider, Klaus P. 2005. ‘No problem, you’re welcome, anytime’: Responding to thanks in Ireland, England, and the U.S.A. In Anne Barron & Klaus P. Schneider (eds.), The pragmatics of Irish English,  Berlin & New York: Mouton de Gruyter. pp. 101–139. REFERENCES FOR THE "WHOSE" SEGMENT BY BONNIE MILLS: American Heritage Guide to Contemporary Usage and Style. 2005. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company,  pp. 505-6. American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. Fourth edition. 2006. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, p. 1965. Burchfield, R. W, ed. 1996. The New Fowler’s Modern English Usage. Third edition. New York: Oxford, p. 563.

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Jul 15
Code-Switching. Mignon Snaps Over Numbers. Foomp.

The numbers sections of style books finally pushed me over the edge, and I have some stories you won't believe! We also talk about how cool code-switching is. TRANSCRIPT:  https://grammar-girl.simplecast.com/episodes/code-switching-mignon-snaps-over-numbers-foomp | Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe. | Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. https://j.mp/3oooKmK | Peeve Wars card game https://www.thegamecrafter.com/games/grammar-girl-s-peeve-wars.  | Grammar Girl books https://bit.ly/GrammarPopBooks.  | HOST: Mignon Fogarty | VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475) | Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network. | Theme music by Catherine Rannus at beautifulmusic.co.uk http://beautifulmusic.co.uk/. | Grammar Girl Social Media Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.tiktok.com/@therealgrammargirl http://twitter.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl

19m
Jul 08
Surprising Words Related to 'Freedom.' Double Subjects. Foop.

For Independence Day, we look at the word "freedom" and the surprising words that came from the same roots. Plus, we look at odd sentences with double subjects and when you should (and shouldn't) use them. TRANSCRIPT:  https://grammar-girl.simplecast.com/episodes/surprising-words-related-to-freedom-double-subjects-foop | Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe. | Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. https://j.mp/3oooKmK | Peeve Wars card game https://www.thegamecrafter.com/games/grammar-girl-s-peeve-wars.  | Grammar Girl books https://bit.ly/GrammarPopBooks.  | HOST: Mignon Fogarty | VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475) | Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network. | Theme music by Catherine Rannus at beautifulmusic.co.uk http://beautifulmusic.co.uk/. | Grammar Girl Social Media Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.tiktok.com/@therealgrammargirl http://twitter.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl REFERENCE FOR THE "DOUBLE SUBJECTS" SEGMENT BY NEAL WHITMAN /literalminded.wordpress.com: Huddleston, R. and Pullum, G.K. 2003. The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language, pp. 1408-1411. REFERENCES FOR THE "FREEDOM" SEGMENT BY VALERIE FRIDLAND /valeriefridland.com: Lewis, C.S. 1990. “Free.” In Studies in Words. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 111-132. Buck, D.C.  1949. “Territorial, Social, and Political Divisions; Social Relations.” In A Dictionary of Synonyms in The Principal Indo-European Languages: A Contribution to The History of Ideas. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 1301-1369. "free, adj., n., and adv.". OED Online. June 2022. Oxford University Press. https://www-oed-com.unr.idm.oclc.org/view/Entry/74375 (accessed June 28, 2022). "freedom, n.". OED Online. June 2022. Oxford University Press. https://www-oed-com.unr.idm.oclc.org/view/Entry/74395?rskey=nb7bUT&result=1&isAdvanced=false (accessed June 28, 2022). "free, v.". OED Online. June 2022. Oxford University Press. https://www-oed-com.unr.idm.oclc.org/view/Entry/74376?rskey=PWZPsN&result=2&isAdvanced=false (accessed June 28, 2022).

14m
Jul 01
'Ant' or 'Ahnt'? Capitalizing Cocktail Names. Archie Bunker.

What's up with the fancy-schmancy "ahnt" pronunciation of the word "aunt"? And why are the rules about capitalizing cocktail  names so wonky? We have all the answers today! TRANSCRIPT:  https://grammar-girl.simplecast.com/episodes/ant-or-ahnt-capitalizing-cocktail-names-archie-bunker REFERENCES FOR THE "AHNT" SEGMENT BY VALERIE FRIDLAND https://www.valeriefridland.com/: Phillips, Betty.  (1989). The Diffusion of a Borrowed Sound Change. , (2), 197–204. Freeborn, Dennis.  (1992). . University of Ottawa Press: Ottawa. Grandgent, C.H. (1899). . Publication of the Modern Language Association, vol. 14 (2), 207-239. Trudgill, Peter (2008). The Historical Sociolinguistics of Elite Accent Change: On Why RP is not Disappearing. Studia Anglica Posnaniensia 44: 3–12. Walker, John. (1791). . London: Robinson. Wells, John. (1982). Accents of English. Cambridge University Press. | Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe. | Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. https://j.mp/3oooKmK | Peeve Wars card game https://www.thegamecrafter.com/games/grammar-girl-s-peeve-wars.  | Grammar Girl books https://bit.ly/GrammarPopBooks.  | HOST: Mignon Fogarty | VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475) | Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network. | Theme music by Catherine Rannus at beautifulmusic.co.uk http://beautifulmusic.co.uk/. | Grammar Girl Social Media Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.tiktok.com/@therealgrammargirl http://twitter.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl

15m
Jun 24
The Many Meanings of 'Father.' How Watergate Changed English. Punim

"Father" as a word shows how we humans love to extend our metaphors. Did you know it was only relatively recently that priests were  referred to as "father," for example? And then, for the 50th anniversary of the Watergate scandal, we look at the "-gate" suffix and what made it so successful that it has spread all over the world (even to non-English-speaking countries). TRANSCRIPT:  https://grammar-girl.simplecast.com/episodes/the-many-meanings-of-father-how-watergate-changed-english | Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe. | Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. https://j.mp/3oooKmK | Peeve Wars card game https://www.thegamecrafter.com/games/grammar-girl-s-peeve-wars.  | Grammar Girl books https://bit.ly/GrammarPopBooks.  | HOST: Mignon Fogarty | VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475) | SOURCES FOR THE "FATHER" SEGMENT BY VALERIE FRIDLAND https://www.valeriefridland.com/ "father, n." OED Online. March 2022. Oxford University Press. https://www-oed-com.unr.idm.oclc.org/view/Entry/68498?rskey=gVoRUz&result=1&isAdvanced=false (accessed June 05, 2022). "pope, n.1." OED Online. March 2022. Oxford University Press. https://www-oed-com.unr.idm.oclc.org/view/Entry/147798?rskey=d5Ttqw&result=1&isAdvanced=false (accessed June 06, 2022). "thing, n.1." OED Online. March 2022. Oxford University Press. https://www-oed-com.unr.idm.oclc.org/view/Entry/200786?rskey=dIOiJo&result=1&isAdvanced=false (accessed June 06, 2022). Encyclopædia Britannica. (n.d.). "Abbot." Britannica Academic. Retrieved June 5, 2022, from https://academic-eb-com.unr.idm.oclc.org/levels/collegiate/article/abbot/3248 Elder, Gregory. Nov. 15, 2007. Why do we call priests father? Redlands Daily  Facts. https://www.redlandsdailyfacts.com/2007/11/15/why-are-priests-called-father/ (accessed June 06, 2022). | Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network. | Theme music by Catherine Rannus at beautifulmusic.co.uk http://beautifulmusic.co.uk/. | Grammar Girl Social Media Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.tiktok.com/@therealgrammargirl http://twitter.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl

19m
Jun 17
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." TRANSCRIPT:  https://grammar-girl.simplecast.com/episodes/demonyms-why-people-from-north-carolina-are-called-tar-heels-healthy-versus-healthful-sussies-3 | Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe. | Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. https://j.mp/3oooKmK | Peeve Wars card game https://www.thegamecrafter.com/games/grammar-girl-s-peeve-wars.  | Grammar Girl books https://bit.ly/GrammarPopBooks.  | Nutrition Diva podcast https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/nutrition-diva. | HOST: Mignon Fogarty | VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475) | Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network. | Theme music by Catherine Rannus at beautifulmusic.co.uk http://beautifulmusic.co.uk/. | SOURCES FOR THE DEMONYMS SEGMENT BY SUSAN K. HERMAN: | Academic Dictionaries and Encyclopedias: https://en-academic.com/dic.nsf/enwiki/168427 | CIA World Factbook/Country Profiles/Explore all Countries: https://www.cia.gov/the-world-factbook/countries/ | East Liverpool, Ohio Mayor’s Office: https://eastliverpool.com/city-department/mayors-office/ | Everything2/Demonyms of the United States: https://everything2.com/title/Demonyms+of+the+United+States | Everything2/Denonyms of the World: https://everything2.com/title/Demonyms+of+the+World | Garner, B. "Denizen Labels." Garner's Modern English Usage, fourth edition. Oxford University Press. 2016. p.259-62. | Government Printing Office Style Manual, Ch. 17, Useful Tables: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/GPO-STYLEMANUAL-2016/pdf/GPO-STYLEMANUAL-2016-19.pdf | Merriam-Webster/demonym: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/demonym | TimeOut: https://www.timeout.com/newyork/blog/stupid-things-other-cities-and-states-call-their-residents-122215 | Voice of America News: https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/making-sense-of-demonyms-nationality-nouns/5921426.html | Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/01/13/hoosier-is-now-the-official-name-for-indiana-folk-but-what-does-it-even-mean/ | Wikipedia/Demonym: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demonym | Wikipedia/List of demonyms for U.S. states and territories: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_demonyms_for_US_states_and_territories | Wikipedia/List of regional nicknames: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_regional_nicknames | Wise Men of Gotham: https://www.historic-uk.com/CultureUK/Wise-Men-of-Gotham/ | Word Sense: https://www.wordsense.eu/Liverpudlian/ | Grammar Girl Social Media Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.tiktok.com/@therealgrammargirl http://twitter.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl

20m
Jun 10
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? TRANSCRIPT: https://grammar-girl.simplecast.com/episodes/are-wisdom-teeth-smart-capitalizing-degree-names-sussies-2 | Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe. | Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. https://j.mp/3oooKmK | Peeve Wars card game https://www.thegamecrafter.com/games/grammar-girl-s-peeve-wars.  | Grammar Girl books https://bit.ly/GrammarPopBooks.  | HOST: Mignon Fogarty | VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475) | Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network. | Theme music by Catherine Rannus at beautifulmusic.co.uk http://beautifulmusic.co.uk/. | Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.tiktok.com/@therealgrammargirl http://twitter.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl Sources for the Capitalizing Degree Names Segment: __ __

15m
Jun 03
Whatever Happened to "Thou"?

In an age when eels were sometimes used as currency and castles pierced the sky, “thou” was all the rage. But over time, it disappeared from use. Where did it go? And will it ever make a comeback? This week, we're sharing an episode of Curious State, a brand new podcast from Quick and Dirty Tips. Listen and subscribe to Curious State on Apple Podcasts https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/curious-state/id1610344783, Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/4YaeihOIM2rylaWhB4uSMQ, Overcast https://overcast.fm/itunes1610344783, or wherever you're listening https://pod.link/curiousstate to Grammar Girl. TRANSCRIPT: https://grammar-girl.simplecast.com/episodes/whatever-happened-to-thou | Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe. | Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. https://j.mp/3oooKmK | Peeve Wars card game https://www.thegamecrafter.com/games/grammar-girl-s-peeve-wars.  | Grammar Girl books https://bit.ly/GrammarPopBooks.  | HOST: Mignon Fogarty | VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475) | Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network. | Theme music by Catherine Rannus at beautifulmusic.co.uk http://beautifulmusic.co.uk/. | Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.tiktok.com/@therealgrammargirl http://twitter.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl

14m
May 27
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.  TRANSCRIPT: https://grammar-girl.simplecast.com/episodes | Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe. | Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. https://j.mp/3oooKmK | Peeve Wars card game https://www.thegamecrafter.com/games/grammar-girl-s-peeve-wars.  | Grammar Girl books https://bit.ly/GrammarPopBooks.  | HOST: Mignon Fogarty | VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475) | Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network. | Theme music by Catherine Rannus at beautifulmusic.co.uk http://beautifulmusic.co.uk/. | Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.tiktok.com/@therealgrammargirl http://twitter.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl

17m
May 20
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. WHY "'EM" ISN'T SHORT FOR "THEM" Written by Valerie Fridland, a professor of linguistics at the University of Nevada in Reno and the author of a forthcoming book on all the speech habits we love to hate. She is also a language expert for "Psychology Today" where she writes a monthly blog, Language in the Wild https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/language-in-the-wild. You can find her at valeriefridland.com http://valeriefridland.com/ or on Twitter at @FridlandValerie http://twitter.com/FridlandValerie. References López, Ignacio. 2007. The social status of /h/ in English. "Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses." 157-166. "em, pron." OED Online, Oxford University Press, March 2022, www.oed.com/view/Entry/85779. Accessed 11 April 2022 http://www.oed.com/view/Entry/85779.%2525252520Accessed%252525252011%2525252520April%25252525202022. Algeo, J., Butcher, C. A., & Pyles, T. 2014. "The origins and development of the English language." Boston, Mass.: Wadsworth Cengage Learning. THE SUBJUNCTIVE IN FICTION Written by Edwin Battistella, a professor of linguistics and writing at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, where he has served as a dean and as interim provost. He is the author of "Dangerous Crooked Scoundrels: Insulting the President, from Washington to Trump https://global.oup.com/academic/product/dangerous-crooked-scoundrels-9780190050900?cc=us&lang=en&" (OUP, 2020), "Do You Make These Mistakes in English https://global.oup.com/academic/product/do-you-make-these-mistakes-in-english-9780195367126?q=The%20Logic%20of%20Markedness&lang=en&cc=us?" (OUP, 2009), "Bad Language https://global.oup.com/academic/product/bad-language-9780195172485?lang=en&cc=us" (OUP, 2005), and "The Logic of Markedness https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-logic-of-markedness-9780195103946?q=The%20Logic%20of%20Markedness&lang=en&cc=us" (OUP, 1996). | Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe. | Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. https://j.mp/3oooKmK | Peeve Wars card game https://www.thegamecrafter.com/games/grammar-girl-s-peeve-wars.  | Grammar Girl books https://bit.ly/GrammarPopBooks.  | HOST: Mignon Fogarty | VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475) | Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network. | Theme music by Catherine Rannus at beautifulmusic.co.uk http://beautifulmusic.co.uk/. | Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/ https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe https://www.tiktok.com/@therealgrammargirl http://twitter.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl

15m
May 13
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 https://www.thewritersroadmap.net/. | Subscribe to the Grammar Girl newsletter for regular updates https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe. | Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. https://j.mp/3oooKmK | Peeve Wars card game https://www.thegamecrafter.com/games/grammar-girl-s-peeve-wars.  | Grammar Girl books https://bit.ly/GrammarPopBooks.  | HOST: Mignon Fogarty | VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475) | Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network. | Theme music by Catherine Rannus at beautifulmusic.co.uk http://beautifulmusic.co.uk/. | Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/ https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe https://www.tiktok.com/@therealgrammargirl http://twitter.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl

41m
May 06
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. | Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. | Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. | Peeve Wars card game.  | Grammar Girl books.  | HOST: Mignon Fogarty | VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475) | Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network. | Theme music by Catherine Rannus at beautifulmusic.co.uk. | Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/ https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe https://www.tiktok.com/@therealgrammargirl http://twitter.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl

18m
Apr 28
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 investigate the "fun" continuum and whether it's OK to use the words "funner" and "funnest." | Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. | Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. | Peeve Wars card game.  | Grammar Girl books.  | HOST: Mignon Fogarty | VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475) | Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network. | Theme music by Catherine Rannus at beautifulmusic.co.uk. | Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/ https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe https://www.tiktok.com/@therealgrammargirl http://twitter.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl

14m
Apr 21
You Know. Doppelganger. Trademarks. Funnily. Chicken Milk.

It's "listener question extravaganza" time, so I have some quick hits on discourse markers such as "you know," where we get the word "doppelganger," how to punctuate around trademarks, and the difference between "funny" and "funnily." It's a good one! | SPONSORS: https://masterworks.io/about/disclosure and The Jordan Harbinger Show. | Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. | Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. | Peeve Wars card game.  | Grammar Girl books.  | HOST: Mignon Fogarty | VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475) | Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network. | Theme music by Catherine Rannus at beautifulmusic.co.uk. | Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/ https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe https://www.tiktok.com/@therealgrammargirl http://twitter.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl

14m
Apr 14
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. | SPONSORS: https://masterworks.io/about/disclosure and https://bit.ly/ggondemand with the code MACMIL and https://bombas.com/grammar and https://monday.com/podcast. | Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. | Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. | Peeve Wars card game.  | Grammar Girl books.  | HOST: Mignon Fogarty | VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475) | Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network. | Theme music by Catherine Rannus at beautifulmusic.co.uk. | Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/ https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe https://www.tiktok.com/@therealgrammargirl http://twitter.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl

16m
Apr 08
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. Today's segment was written by Syelle Graves, who has a PhD in linguistics and is the assistant director of ILETC (Institute for Language Education in Transcultural Context). She was also a 40 under Forty alumni award honoree at SUNY New Paltz. You can find her at syellegraves.com. | SPONSORS: https://masterworks.io/about/disclosure and https://bit.ly/ggondemand with the code MACMIL and https://bombas.com/grammar and https://monday.com/podcast. | Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. | Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. | Peeve Wars card game.  | Grammar Girl books.  | HOST: Mignon Fogarty | VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475) | Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network. | Theme music by Catherine Rannus at beautifulmusic.co.uk. | Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/ https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe https://www.tiktok.com/@therealgrammargirl http://twitter.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl

24m
Mar 31
Why Tired People Talk About Being 'Out of Spoons.' Why Nouns Are More Complicated Than You May Think.

A few months ago, I started to notice people talking about spoons in a weird way, so I investigated and found that people are using an interesting concept called "spoon theory." Also this week, we look at why nouns are more complicated than you may think, and we dig into concrete, abstract, collective, and compound nouns--how you can identify them, how you can tell them apart, and what makes them fun. | SPONSORS: https://masterworks.io/about/disclosure and https://bit.ly/ggondemand with the code MACMIL | Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. | Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. | Peeve Wars card game.  | Grammar Girl books.  | HOST: Mignon Fogarty | VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475) | Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network. | Theme music by Catherine Rannus at beautifulmusic.co.uk. | Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/ https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe https://www.tiktok.com/@therealgrammargirl http://twitter.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl

10m
Mar 24
Barracking, Sheilas and Shouts: How the Irish Influenced Australian English

"Barracking," "sheilas" and "shouts": How the Irish influenced Australian English. Plus, what makes "NASA" different from "FBI." | Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. | Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. | Peeve Wars card game.  | Grammar Girl books.  | HOST: Mignon Fogarty | VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475) | Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network. | Theme music by Catherine Rannus at beautifulmusic.co.uk. | Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/ https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe https://www.tiktok.com/@therealgrammargirl http://twitter.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl

13m
Mar 17
The Oxford Comma. And Should You Start a Sentence with 'And'?

Have you ever wondered why it's called the "Oxford comma"? We have the answer to that and many more questions you may have about this controversial punctuation mark. Plus, we'll also talk about why it's fine to start a sentence with "and" (and why you were probably taught that it's not).  | Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. | Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. | Peeve Wars card game.  | Grammar Girl books.  | HOST: Mignon Fogarty | VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475) | Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network. | Theme music by Catherine Rannus at beautifulmusic.co.uk. | Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/ https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe https://www.tiktok.com/@therealgrammargirl http://twitter.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl

16m
Mar 10
Is 'Materiel' Just a Fancy Pronunciation of 'Material'? Are Binomials the Same Across Languages?

A listener wondered about the word "materiel." What's its deal (and is it related to "personnel")? Plus, "pepper and salt." "Groom and bride." "White and black." Are binomials the same across languages? | Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. |Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. |Peeve Wars card game.  |Grammar Girl books.  |HOST: Mignon Fogarty |VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475) |Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network. |Theme music by Catherine Rannus at beautifulmusic.co.uk. |Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/ https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe https://www.tiktok.com/@therealgrammargirl http://twitter.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl

10m
Mar 03
Why Do We Cringe at 'Pepper and Salt'? Why 'Square' Is Uncool. Quickquish.

"Sticks and stones." "Bride and groom." "Heads or tails." Some word pairs almost always appear in a specific order, and linguists have been investigating why for decades. Plus, after last week's segment about square meals, a listener asked why it's uncool to be a square. | Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. |Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. |Peeve Wars card game.  |Grammar Girl books.  |HOST: Mignon Fogarty |VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475) |Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network. |Theme music by Catherine Rannus at beautifulmusic.co.uk. |Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/ https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe https://www.tiktok.com/@therealgrammargirl http://twitter.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl

16m
Feb 24
What's Square About a Square Meal? How to Use Parentheses, Brackets, and Braces. Guck.

The idea of a square meal goes back to the 1800s and possibly mining towns, but the word "square" itself has a longer history. Plus, admit it! You don't know how to use curly braces. (We didn't either, but we figured it out.) | Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. |Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. |Peeve Wars card game.  |Grammar Girl books.  |HOST: Mignon Fogarty |VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475) |Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network. |Theme music by Catherine Rannus at beautifulmusic.co.uk. |Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/ https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe https://www.tiktok.com/@therealgrammargirl http://twitter.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl

16m
Feb 17
Are People Using 'Commiserate' Wrong? The Origin of (the Word) 'Influenza.' Hersband.

How the "Witch of Wall Street" relates to the word "commiserate." Plus, the interesting origin of "influenza" and other disease names. | Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. |Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. |Peeve Wars card game.  |Grammar Girl books.  |HOST: Mignon Fogarty |VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475) |Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network. |Theme music by Catherine Rannus at beautifulmusic.co.uk. |Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/ https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe https://www.tiktok.com/@therealgrammargirl http://twitter.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl

12m
Feb 10
Do You Call In, Out, or Off Sick? How Kids Learn Language. Hexaboobiated.

People often tell me they hear others say they'll be absent from work in a different way than they're used to hearing, so I looked into who says what where. Also, we take a deep look at how children learn language and what parents can do to help their children learn better.  | Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. |Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. |Peeve Wars card game.  |Grammar Girl books.  |HOST: Mignon Fogarty |VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475) |Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network. |Theme music by Catherine Rannus at beautifulmusic.co.uk. |Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/ https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe https://www.tiktok.com/@therealgrammargirl http://twitter.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl

17m
Feb 04
Tips for Learning a New Language: The Fluent Show

Kerstin Cable, host of "The Fluent Show" shares her tips and enthusiasm for learning new languages. We talked about what to do if you're stalled learning a language, what the good things and bad things are about language learning apps (to help you learn how to use them better), the massively underestimated thing that will help you learn a language, and how learning a language can make you more creative. | Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. | Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. | Peeve Wars card game.  | Grammar Girl books.  | HOST: Mignon Fogarty | VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475) | Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network. | Theme music by Catherine Rannus at beautifulmusic.co.uk. | Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/ https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe https://www.tiktok.com/@therealgrammargirl http://twitter.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl

27m
Jan 27
Why "Tiny" Sounds Smaller Than "Huge." Nixing the Horrid "Of."

The sounds of certain words make us think of things that are big or small, round or spiky, and the tendency is nearly universal. For example, people can often pick words that refer to something big or small even in languages they don't speak. Here's why. Plus, we look at the ways people sometimes overuse the word "of" and how to fix it. | Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. | Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. | Peeve Wars card game.  | Grammar Girl books.  | HOST: Mignon Fogarty | VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475) | Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network. | Theme music by Catherine Rannus at beautifulmusic.co.uk. | Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/ https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe https://www.tiktok.com/@therealgrammargirl http://twitter.com/grammargirl http://facebook.com/grammargirl http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl

19m
Jan 20