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Grammar Girl's Top 3

Every week I see interesting stories about language, grammar, punctuation, and usage. These were my favorites last week. 

By
Mignon Fogarty
1-minute read

top 33. E. B. White Explains Why He Wrote Charlotte's Web. E.B. White wrote many children's books and he is also the White of The Elements of Style (often called simply Strunk & White). As a usage lover who also wants to write fiction, I was especially curious to hear White's rationale for writing. His letter is a delightful read, not only for his insight ("A book is a sneeze"), but also for his language ("… she was fixing to become a mother"). (h/t @PublishingGuru)

2. 21 Signs That Every Day Is National Book Lovers Day for You. If you're like me, you'll find yourself nodding and thinking "Yes!" through this fun little slideshow.

1. The Grimm Brothers Weren't Just About Fairy Tales. They Also Transformed How We Think About Language. Although the Grimms are known for their fairy tales, "Jacob Grimm was also a pioneering genius in the young field of linguistics, the man behind 'Grimm's Law,' one of the first laws ever discovered that describes how language changes." (h/t @NOVAlanguages)

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About the Author

Mignon Fogarty

Mignon Fogarty is the founder of Quick and Dirty Tips and the author of seven books on language, including the New York Times bestseller "Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing." She is an inductee in the Podcasting Hall of Fame, and the show is a five-time winner of Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards. She has appeared as a guest expert on the Oprah Winfrey Show and the Today Show.

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