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Grammar Girl talks with acclaimed writer Cherise Wolas, author of The Family Tabor, about creating voices for fictional people, her interpretation of the origin of the word "cauliflower," and her quest to use every word in the English dictionary.
Grammar Girl talks with Ali Land, author of the best-selling novel Good Me Bad Me, about the Greek word "meraki," the spelling of rhythm, and how "nonversation" should be added to the dictionary.
Steve Cavanagh, author of The Plea, joins Grammar Girl to talk about the wonders of palindromes, their backward brother semordnilaps, and the impact of the opening line from James Crumley's "The Last Good Kiss."
The original spelling of the phrase is "a real trouper," but more and more people are using the "real trooper" spelling—so much so that it has surpassed the original spelling in a corpus of text from published books.
Carmine Gallo, Harvard professor and author of Five Stars: The Communication Secrets to Get from Good to Great, shares his tips on how to be a master of persuasion.