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Pull Idioms: Pull the Plug, Pull Your Weight, and More 23-Feb-2018 Episode #609
Lasagna, Casserole, and other Food Names from Pots and Pans 23-Feb-2018  
How Many Prepositions Can You Use in a Row? 16-Feb-2018 Episode #608
What Does 'Dilly Dilly' Mean? 16-Feb-2018  
Use 'Tom Swifty' Jokes to Teach Adverbs 12-Feb-2018  
3 Brainstorming Techniques to Help You Craft the Perfect Essay 9-Feb-2018 Episode #607
What is 'Synesis'? A Reason to Ignore Prepositional Phrases 9-Feb-2018  
New Words Added to the Oxford English Dictionary—Again! 2-Feb-2018 Episode #606
‘Phony’ Comes from ‘Fawney,’ but It’s Not Related to the Word ‘Fawn’ 2-Feb-2018  
Homophones, Homographs, and Homonyms 26-Jan-2018 Episode #605
‘Lectern,’ ‘Podium,’ or ‘Dais’: What's the Difference? 26-Jan-2018  
'Data Is' or 'Data Are'? 19-Jan-2018 Episode #604
What is the Origin of 'Gerrymandering'? 19-Jan-2018  
2017 Words of the Year 12-Jan-2018 Episode #603
Janus Words: "Sanction" and "Cleave" 5-Jan-2018 Episode #602
'Canon' or 'Cannon'? 5-Jan-2018  
Omitting 'That' 29-Dec-2017 Episode #601
'Based In' or 'Based Out Of'? 29-Dec-2017  
5 Sports Idioms: From 'Jump the Gun' to 'Slam Dunk' 22-Dec-2017 Episode #600
How to Pronounce Caramel 22-Dec-2017  
Delicious English Words (Chocolate, Guacamole) with Aztec Roots 15-Dec-2017 Episode #599
Origins of the Phrase 'Lock, Stock, and Barrel' 15-Dec-2017  
Is 'Gifting' A Word? 8-Dec-2017 Episode #598
'Take a Decision' or 'Make a Decision'? 8-Dec-2017  
Eskimo Words for Snow 30-Nov-2017 Episode #597
Make a Promise to Your Future Book 30-Nov-2017  
How to Write a Case Study 30-Nov-2017  
The Origin of Black Friday and Other Black Days 23-Nov-2017 Episode #596
‘Publishing House,’ ‘House Style,’ and More. Why Are Businesses ‘Houses’? 23-Nov-2017  
10 Surprising Pilgrim Names 22-Nov-2017  
English "Side" Words 17-Nov-2017 Episode #595
What Is A Bailiwick? 17-Nov-2017  
Why Smart People Struggle with Shakespeare Too 10-Nov-2017 Episode #594
What Is the Plural of ‘Batman’? 10-Nov-2017  
What Is the Proto-Indo-European Language? 3-Nov-2017 Episode #593
4+ ‘Skeleton’ Idioms: Skeleton in the Closet, Skeleton Key, and More 27-Oct-2017 Episode #592
‘Sofa’ or ‘Couch’? 27-Oct-2017  
‘Cannot,’ ‘Can Not,’ or ‘Can’t’: What’s the Difference? 20-Oct-2017  
24+ 'Dead' Idioms: Dead Ringer, Dead in the Water, and More 20-Oct-2017 Episode #591
How to Write an Apology (and Avoid Non-Apologies) 13-Oct-2017 Episode #590
How to Write an Analytical Essay in 4 Easy Steps 11-Oct-2017  
Apostrophes: Ruth’s Chris and Carl's Jr. 6-Oct-2017  
Placeholder Names: Thingamajigs, Doohickeys, and Whatchamacallits 6-Oct-2017 Episode #589
'Expresso' or 'Espresso' 29-Sept-2017  
6 Phrases Using the Number 6 29-Sept-2017 Episode #588
British English and American English: Company, Team, and Band Names 25-Sept-2017  
Quotation Marks with Periods and Commas 22-Sept-2017 Episode #587
Phrases About Rain 21-Sept-2017  
'Bad' or 'Badly'? 15-Sept-2017 Episode #586
4 Little-Known Differences Between British and American English 15-Sept-2017  
"Because," "Due To," "Since," and "As" 8-Sept-2017 Episode #585
When to Use Commas Before Quotations 1-Sept-2017 Episode #584
What Is a Pipe Dream? 1-Sept-2017  
Time Traveler: When Did New Words Appear? 25-August-2017 Episode #583
'Important' or 'Importantly'? 24-August-2017  
Stop Calling Yourself a Grammar Nazi 17-August-2017 Episode #582
How to Use Quotations 17-August-2017  
Why Is ‘Worcester’ Pronounced ‘Wooster’? 10-August-2017 Episode #581
"Rifle" v. "Riffle" 10-August-2017  
How to Write a Compelling Introductory Paragraph 3-August-2017 Episode #580
Singular or Plural Verbs with 'One of The' 3-August-2017  
Is it 'Jury-Rigged' or 'Jerry-Rigged'? 27-July-2017 Episode #579
Phrases from Obsolete Technology 20-July-2017 Episode #578
When to Capitalize Generation Names 13-July-2017 Episode #577
How to Make a Name with "Jr." Possessive 13-July-2017  
'Critique' or 'Criticize'? 7-July-2017  
More Language Games Like Pig Latin 6-July-2017 Episode #576
Gestures Are Handy for Speaking and Thinking 29-June-2017 Episode #575
What Is Elbow Grease? 29-June-2017  
When Do You Capitalize Directions? 29-June-2017  
Commas With Transition Words 22-June-2017 Episode #574
What Is a Double Whammy? 22-June-2017  
What Is a Dad Joke? 15-June-2017 Episode #573
Until, Till, and 'Til 14-June-2017  
What Is a Comma Splice? 9-June-2017 Episode #572
‘Themself’ or ‘Themselves’? 8-June-2017  
Why English Spelling Reform Is Doomed 1-June-2017 Episode #571
'Lego' or 'Legos'? 1-June-2017  
“Burned” Versus “Burnt” 25-May-2017  
The History of English Spelling 25-May-2017 Episode #570
Why Doesn’t 'Explanation' Have an 'I' Like 'Explain'? 18-May-2017  
How to Create a Strong Essay Outline 18-May-2017 Episode #569
How Onomatopoeia and Reduplication Make Weird Words 12-May-2017 Episode #568
'In' or 'Among'? 11-May-2017  
What Is a Harbinger? 04-May-2017  
Is Pig Latin a Real Language? 04-May-2017 Episode #567
What Does It Mean to Be 'Off Your Feed'? 28-April-2017  
How Human Language Is Different From Animal Communication 27-April-2017 Episode #566
Forensic Linguistics 20-April-2017 Episode #565
Preposition or Adverb? 13-April-2017 Episode #564
Gender-Neutral Pronouns: Singular 'They' 07-April-2017 Episode #563
AP Style and Chicago Updates from #ACES2017 31-Mar-2017 Episode #562
AP Stylebook Updates: Singular They' Now Acceptable 24-Mar-2017  
'Between', 'Compared to', and 'Compared With'  23-Mar-2017 Episode #561
Chicago Updates: Stop Capitalizing 'Internet' and Hyphenating 'Email' 23-Mar-2017  
The $10 Million Comma 20-Mar-2017  
3 Tips for Creating Sentences with Punch 16-Mar-2017 Episode #560
What Is the Meaning of 'Devil's Advocate'? 16-Mar-2017  
What Is a Runcible Spoon? 10-Mar-2017 Episode #559
And Then the Murders Began 09-Mar-2017  
How to Define Abbreviations in a Document 09-Mar-2017  
'Attorneys General' or 'Attorney Generals' 04-Mar-2017  
National Grammar Day Haiku Contest Winners 2017 04-Mar-2017  
How to Write Good Survey Questions  03-Mar-2017 Episode #558
2017 National Grammar Day Haiku Contest  23-Feb-2017  
Double Dactyl Poetry 23-Feb-2017 Episode #557
5 Resume Tips for College Seniors 22-Feb-2017  
Always, Never, Usually, Often, Most and More  16-Feb-2017 Episode #556
A Bull in a China Shop 16-Feb-2017  
How to Pronounce 'Tumult' 15-Feb-2017  
International Animal Idioms  9-Feb-2017 Episode #555
Pled or Pleaded 9-Feb-2017  
Toe the Line 8-Feb-2017  
"Which" Vs. "That" 2-Feb-2017 Episode #554
Reluctant or Reticent? 2-Feb-2017  
Not Only But Also 26-Jan-2017  
Citing Podcasts and Websites 19-Jan-2017 Episode #552
Capital vs. Capitol 19-Jan-2017  
4 Ways to Improve Your Writing This Year 12-Jan-2017 Episode #551
Words of the Year, 2016 Edition 12-Jan-2017  
How Badminton Got Its Name 5-Jan-2017 Episode #550
'Enormity' or 'Enormousness'? 5-Jan-2017  
Apostrophes 29-Dec-2016 Episode #549
‘Hone In’ or ‘Home In’? 29-Dec-2016  
4 Ways Good Stories Move Us 22-Dec-2016 Episode #548
Why We Call It a 'Cummerbund' 21-Dec-2016  
How to Write Great Dialogue 15-Dec-2016 Episode #547
"A While" Versus "Awhile" 15-Dec-2016  
Why the Phrase “If Not” Is Ambiguous 8-Dec-2016 Episode #546
Anxious or Eager? 8-Dec-2016  
9 Books to Give Your Favorite Language Lover 5-Dec-2016  
5 Gift Books for Children Who Love Language 3-Dec-2016  
Limber Up Because English Is Flexible 1-Dec-2016 Episode #545
What Does it Mean to 'Read the Riot Act'? 1-Dec-2016  
How Should We Pronounce Foreign Words? 24-Nov-2016 Episode #544
How to Pronounce 'Biopic' 17-Nov-2016 Episode #543
Where is 'By the Way Side'? 17-Nov-2016  
How to Craft Strong Voice 10-Nov-2016 Episode #542
'Aloud' or 'Out Loud'? 10-Nov-2016  
9 New Fall Books for People Who Love Words, Language, and Writing 4-Nov-2016  
Foreign Language Syndrome 3-Nov-2016 Episode #541
'Prior To' Versus 'Before' 3-Nov-2016  
How to Peer Edit an Essay 27-Oct-2016 Episode #540
'Calendar' as a Verb 27-Oct-2016  
Cemetery Versus Graveyard 25-Oct-2016  
I.e. Versus E.g. 20-Oct-2016 Episode #539
Capitalizing Job Titles 20-Oct-2016  
Sentence Diagramming 20-Oct-2016  
'Alum' versus 'Alumni' 14-Oct-2016  
Words from Bookmaking 14-Oct-2016 Episode #538
Beyond the Pale 13-Oct-2016  
'Further' versus 'Farther' 6-Oct-2016 Episode #537
Straight From the Horse's Mouth 6-Oct-2016  
Hit the Bestseller List: How to Style Your Words Like a Bestselling Author 29-Sept-2016 Episode #536
Syllable Acronyms: Why HoCo Means Homecoming 29-Sept-2016  
Canceled or Cancelled? 29-Sept-2016  
How to Write a Good Topic Sentence 22-Sept-2016 Episode #535
Anyway or Anyways? 21-Sept-2016  
What is Pay Dirt? 16-Sept-2016  
When to Use- and Not Use- an Em-Dash 15-Sept-2016 Episode #534
Why It's Bridget Jones's (not Jones') Baby 15-Sept-2016  
Don't Take Prepositions So Literally! 8-Sept-2016 Episode #533
Short Shrift 8-Sept-2016  
How to Pronounce ‘Etcetera’ 8-Sept-2016  
Evaluative Phrases: You Wazzock! 1-Sept-2016 Episode #532
'Loose' or 'Lose'? 1-Sept-2016  
Origin of ‘Loose as a Goose’ 1-Sept-2016  
Writing Dual POVs 25-Aug-2016 Episode #531
Horse Operas, Soap Operas, and Space Operas 25-Aug-2016  
Idioms from the Forest: The Meaning of to Weasel, to Ferret, and to Badger 19-Aug-2016  
Who Versus Whom 18-Aug-2016 Episode #530
Is ‘Preorder’ Redundant? 18-Aug-2016  
Hanged Versus Hung 15-Aug-2016  
6 English Words with Incognito Latin Origins 11-Aug-2016 Episode #529
What Does 'Batten Down the Hatches' Mean? 11-Aug-2016  
5 Types of Fallacies You Don't Realize You're Using in Your Writing 5-August-2016 Episode #528
Order of Adjectives 4-August-2016  
Why Are Some Words Homophones? Alveolar Flapping! 29-July-2016 Episode #527
'Lit' or 'Lighted'? 28-July-2016  
What Does 'Malarkey' Mean? 28-July-2016  
'Inflammable' Means 'Flammable' 22-July-2016  
Third Person Limited (and More) 22-July-2016 Episode #526
7 Surprising Places We Got Phrases About Food 15-July-2016 Episode #525
'Affective' or 'Effective'? 14-July-2016  
Affect Versus Effect 8-July-2016 Episode #524
How to Pronounce "The" 5-July-2016  
Sightseeing Versus Siteseeing 1-July-2016  
On Accident Versus by Accident 1-July-2016 Episode #523
Grammar Girl Is Being Inducted into the Academy of Podasters Hall of Fame 30-June-2016  
Weltschmerztwittersucht: A Word to Describe Obsessing Over News on Twitter 24-June-2016  
What Does Jury Rigged Mean? 24-June-2016  
English in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Asia 24-June-2016 Episode #522
Hearty or Hardy? 23-June-2016  
Is Redundancy OK in a Radio Script? 17-June-2016  
Is "Funnest" a Word? 17-June-2016 Episode #521
How to Pronounce Adirondack 16-June-2016  
Woman Versus Female 13-June-2016 Episode #520
Are Band Names Singular or Plural? 9-June-2016  
'Principal' or 'Principle' 3-June-2016 Episode #519
How to Make 'RBI' Plural? 2-June-16  
What's the Origin of 'Run-of-the-Mill'? 2-June-16  
Grammar Girl on Jeopardy 1-June-16  
Vonnegut's Famous Semicolon Advice Was Taken Out of Context 26-May-16 Episode #518
Off the Cuff 26-May-16  
Are You Interurban? 26-May-16  
Do Your Readers a Favor: Cut 'It' Out  19-May-16 Episode #517
Why Is It Called Commencement  19-May-16  
'Between' Versus 'Amongst' 12-May-16 Episode #516
Centigrade or Celsius  12-May-16  
'Among' or 'Amongst' 11-May-16  
How to Make Product Names Plural  5-May-16 Episode #515
'Home Versus Away' or 'Away Versus Home' 5-May-16  
New Words in the 2016 Merriam-Webster Update 29-April-16 Episode #514 
One Fell Swoop  28-April-16  
What's a Brouhaha 27-April-16  
Subjunctive Verbs  22-April-16 Episode #513
North or Northbound  21-April-16  
2016 Updates to the AP Stylebook  14-April-16 Episode #512
Into Thin Air  14-April-16  
Titled or Entitled? 14-April-16  
How Joseph Pulitzer Pronounced His Name  7-April-16 Episode #511
How Navajo Codes Helped the Allies Win World War II 7-April-16  
AP Will No Longer Capitalize 'Internet' and 'Web' 2-April-16  
How Aphasia Causes Difficulty Speaking  31-March-16 Episode #510
How S-Backing Causes People to Pronounce 'Street' as 'Schtreet' 24-March-16 Episode #509
When Celebrities Gossip About Their Spouses'...Grammar?  24-March-16  
Freelance Story Ideas 18-March-16 Episode #508
Winning Haiku  17-March-16  
Needs Washed  10-March-16 Episode #507
Paddy Versus Patty  10-March-16  
Watch Grammar Girl on the Today Show  8-March-16  
Which Celebrities Have the Best Grammar? 4-March-16  
What Is a Subordinate Clause  4-March-16 Episode #506
Who is Your Celebrity Grammar Match? 3-March-16  
16 #Academic Oscars Tweets That Will Make You Nod in Recognition  29-February-16  
3 Tricks to Improve Your Vocabulary  25-February-16 Episode #505
How to Pronounce 'Pepys' 25-February-16  
Maudlin Definition  25-February-16  
Idioms About Tea 18-February-16 Episode #504
'Shined' or 'Shone' 19-February-16  
What is a Canard? 11-February-16 Episode #503
'Straw Man' Origin 11-February-16  
What is a Strawman Argument? 4-February-16 Episode #502
Word Families 28-January-16 Episode #501
What Is a Caucus? 28-January-16  
Top 10 Grammar Girl Podcast Episodes 21-January-16  
How to Write a Letter of Recommendation 21-January-16 Episode #500
Singular 'They' Had Its Day 14-January-16 Episode #499
Currant  or Current? 14-January-16  
Writing Dates  7-January-16 Episode #498
Plural of Mongoose  7-January-16  
The 7 Best Books Grammar Girl Read in 2015  7-January-16  
Should You Capitalize 'the Force' from Star Wars? 31-December-15 Episode #497
Plural of Hippopotamus 24-December-15 Episode #496
Misusing "So" and "Very" 17-December-15 Episode #495
Is 'Pair' Singular or Plural? 17-December-15  
Even Keel 17-December-15  
Forensic Linguistics 10-December-15 Episode #494
What Does ‘In Cold Blood’ Mean? 10-December-15  
Color Idioms 3-December-15 Episode #493
Hoofs or Hooves? 3-December-15  
What Is the Meaning of 'Blue Blood' (and Other 'Blue' Phrases)? 27-November-15 Episode #492
Kith and Kin 25-November-15  
Should You Capitalize 'Social Media'? 19-November-15  
Formatting Internal Dialogue: Quotation Marks or Italics? 19-November-15 Episode #491
How to Format URLs in Text 13-November-15 Episode #490
Dialogue Tags 6-November-15  
How to Write a Fight Scene 5-November-15 Episode #489
Dialog or Dialogue? 5-November-15  
How to Write a Bestseller Even If You Failed English Class 29-October-15  
When to Use an Apostrophe 29-October-15 Episode #488
Up or Down the Garden Path? 29-October-15  
Why Is There an Apostrophe in “Hallowe’en”? 28-October-15  
What Does It Mean to Run Roughshod? 23-October-15  
Wolf Down’ or ‘Woof Down’? 22-October-15  
The Interrobang 22-October-15 Episode #487
'Suffragette,' 'Editrix,' 'Actress,' and Other Gender-Specific Nouns 15-October-15 Episode #486
Is 'Ginormous' a Word? 15-October-15  
What Does 'Leeway' Mean? 9-October-15  
Exclamation Points 8-October-15 Episode #485
‘First’ or ‘Firstly’? 8-October-15  
'Mantel' or 'Mantle'? 2-October-15  
How to Format a Bulleted List (and More) 1-October-15 Episode #484
Sort, Kind, or Type? 24-September-15 Episode #483
Homophones, Homographs, and Homonyms 24-September-15  
How to Use Commas: A Summary 21-September-15  
Why It’s Easier for Children to Become Bilingual 17-September-15 Episode #482
'Amused' Versus 'Bemused' 17-September-15  

The Positive 'Anymore'

And/Or 16-September-15 Episode #481
4 Much-Needed New Words to Describe Money and Business Matters  10-September-15  
Crocodile Versus Alligator 4-September-15  
Diminutives 3-September-15 Episode #480
Matriculate 3-September-15  
3 Tips for Mastering Email at Work 1-September-15  
How People Play Scrabble in Different Parts of the World  28-August-15 Episode #479
Avoid These 4 Common Persuasive Writing Mistakes 26-August-15  
Fictional Versus Fictitious 21-August-15  
Why English Has Words with Silent Letters 21-August-15 Episode #478
Adult, Adolescent, and Adultery 20-August-15  
7 Pieces of Furniture—Made from Pencils 17-August-15  
How New Words Get Added to the Scrabble Dictionaries (Yes, Dictionaries, Plural) 13-August-15 Episode #477
Prefixes and Suffixes 6-August-15 Episode #476
Modern Malapropisms 6-August-15  
'Zero Percent' or Just 'Zero'? 5-August-15  
13 Cool Products That Look Like Library Due Date Cards 3-August-15  
How Do Words Get in the Dictionary? 31-July-15 Episode #281
Do the Minions Speak a Real Language? 27-July-15  
Comma Law 23-July-15 Episode #475
Numbers in Parentheses 23-July-15  
Last Name Origins 16-July-15 Episode #474
Flesh Out or Flush Out 16-July-15  
What’s a Hat Trick, and Why Do We Call It That? 15-July-15  
How Understanding 'Toy Story' Can Help You Get into College 9-July-15 Episode #473
Left Holding the Bag 9-July-15  
"Ban Together" or "Band Together"? 8-July-15  
"Alright" Versus. "All Right" 6-July-15  
How Do Words Get in the Dictionary? 3-July-15 Episode #281
'Let's Go!' Is Not the Same as 'Let Us Go!' 25-June-15 Episode #472
Newfangled 25-June-15  
What Is the Difference Between 'Citizen' and 'Resident'? 24-June-15  
When Is It OK to Be Redundant? 18-June-15 Episode #471
What Does 'Mind Your P's and Q's' Mean? 18-June-15  
'King-size' or 'King-sized'? 17-June-15  
4 Much-Needed New Words to Describe Money and Business Matters 16-June-15  
Crocodile Versus Alligator 15-June-15  
How Shakespeare Used Prepositions 12-June-15 Episode #470
What Does 'A Treat' Mean in England? 11-June-15  
How Many Spaces After a Colon? 10-June-15  
Are You a Grammar Nerd? 9-June-15  
Crossword Puzzles 4-June-15 Episode #469
What Does 'Squad Goals' Mean? 6-June-15  
The Meaning of Kudos 3-June-15  
Food Names That Are Totally Fake 28-May-15 Episode #468
What is "Tall Poppy Syndrome," and Can I Catch It? 28-May-15  
Congradulations or Congratulations? 27-May-15  
Japanese Words in English 22-May-15 Episode #467
Deep-Seeded or Deep-Seated? 21-May-15  
Lewis Carroll: He Loved to Play with Language 21-May-15  
The Best SAT Essay Ever 15-May-15 Episode #466
Healthy or Healthful? 14-May-15  
What Does Fast and Loose Mean? 13-May-15  
Two Spaces After a Period 8-May-15 Episode #465
Yay, Yea, Yeah, or Yes? 7-May-15  
English Words That Come From Spanish 7-May-15  
Weird Conditionals: If-Clauses That Are Always True 1-May-15 Episode #464
What Is the Meaning of 'Dark Horse'? 30-April-15  
Fiancé or Fiancée? 30-April-15  
Parallel Structure: Patterns Are Pleasing 24-April-15 Episode #463
Follow Suit 23-April-15  
'Most' or 'Almost'? 23-April-15  
Why Do People Say 'Ain't'? 17-April-15 Episode #462
Examples of Eponyms 16-April-15  
Everyday or Every Day? 15-April-15  
How to Write a Sentence [Infographic] 10-April-15  
Excerpt: Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen 10-April-15 Episode #461
Spick and Span? Or Studded with Nails? 09-April-15  
Smitten 08-April-15  
Yoda Grammar 03-April-15 Episode #105
'Systemic' or 'Systematic'? 01-April-15  
Global English: Monthsary, Updation, and Do the Needful 27-Mar-15 Episode #460
Does a Subject in Parentheses Affect Your Verb Choice? 26-Mar-15  
Stand on Line or in Line? 26-Mar-15  
Subject-Verb Agreement 19-Mar-15 Episode #459
Is 'Heighth' a Word? 19-Mar-15  
'Wrong' or 'Wrongly'? 19-Mar-15  
Can You Process These Tricky, but Grammatical, Sentences? 13-Mar-15 Episode #458
Does "E-book" Have a Hyphen? 13-Mar-15  
The Meaning of 'Minion' 13-Mar-15  
'If' Versus 'Whether' 06-March-15 Episode #457
Homey Versus Homely 05-March-15  
Why Does 'At Bay' Mean to Hold Off Something? 05-March-15  
Is Starting a Sentence With 'So' Condescending? 27-Feb-15 Episode #456
The Word 'First' Is Redundant More Often Than You Think 27-Feb-15  
Synecdoche Examples 26-Feb-15  
"Spelled" Versus "Spelt" 19-Feb-15  
Driveway, Parkway, and Dooryard 13-Feb-15 Episode #455
Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo 12-Feb-15  
Dreamed or Dreamt? 11-Feb-15  
English: The Dirty Secrets of the Good Old Days 10-Feb-15  
Formatting Titles on Twitter and Facebook 06-Feb-15  
Split Infinitives 06-Feb-15 Episode #454
Samuel Johnson: Life and Quotations 05-Feb-15  
Capitalizing Theories 05-Feb-15  
The Bee's Knees 30-Jan-15  
Less Versus Fewer 30-Jan-15 Episode #453
Capitalizing Age Names, Time Periods, and Centuries 29-Jan-15  
"Compliment" Versus "Complement" 25-Jan-15  
Prepositions: Use and Misuse 23-Jan-15 Episode #452
How 8 Fonts Got Their Names 22-Jan-15  
Do You Need a Comma Before "Jr."? 17-Jan-15  
How Participle Phrases Can Lead to Time Warps 16-Jan-15 Episode #451
Examples of Onomatopoeia 14-Jan-15  
Is Sign Language Universal? 8-Jan-15 Episode #450
Double Possessives 2-Jan-15 Episode #449
Transitive and Intransitive Verbs 31-Dec-14  
How Our Brain Understands Hyperbole 26-Dec-14 Episode #448
2014 Word of the Year: Adulting 25-Dec-14  
Champ or Chomp at the Bit? 25-Dec-14  
The Best Cheap Pens 22-Dec-14  
Capitalizing Disease Names: Why Ebola is Capitalized 18-Dec-14  
What's the Rule About Paragraph Length? 19-Dec-14 Episode #447
Why Did People Stop Saying "Thou"? 12-Dec-14 Episode #446
Kitty-Corner or Catty-Corner? 11-Dec-14  
What Does "Xmas" Really Mean? 11-Dec-14  
Why Do People Say "Like" So Much? 5-Dec-14 Episode #445
Is German Chocolate Cake from Germany? 4-Dec-14  
Is Boughten a Word? 4-Dec-14  
Just Between You and Me 27-Nov-14 Episode #444
Lightning Versus Lightening 27-Nov-14  
Conscience Versus Conscious 26-Nov-14  
How Teddy Bears Got Their Name 26-Nov-14  
Nouns: Concrete, Abstract, Collective, and Compound 20-Nov-14 Episode #443
Done Versus Finished 20-Nov-14  
The Brothers Grimm: Rockstar Linguists 19-Nov-14  
Make Me a Sanchwich: A Joke About Adverbs 14-Nov-14 Episode #442
Is it OK to Pronounce Zero as O? 13-Nov-14  
Based Off Versus Based On 13-Nov-14  
I'm Not So Sure... 10 Words for When You're Hazy on the Details 12-Nov-14  
Mic or Mike? How to Abbreviate Microphone 6-Nov-14 Episode #441
Where We Get the Words Uppercase and Lowercase 6-Nov-14  
"Simple" Versus "Simplistic"  5-Nov-14  
How to Plan a Story 30-Oct-14 Episode #440
Formatting Internal Dialogue: Quotation Marks or Italics? 30-Oct-14  
What Was the First English Novel? 30-Oct-14  
Behave Yourself! 10 Words for Good, Bad, and Indifferent Conduct 24-Oct-14  
40+ Words of Death 23-Oct-14 Episode #439
Text Messaging, the Internet, and Formality 23-Oct-14  
Casket or Coffin? 23-Oct-14  
Why Do People Say Punctuation Out Loud? 16-Oct-14 Episode #438
Don't Use "Who" to Refer to Children? 16-Oct-14  
Vaccine or Vaccination?  16-Oct-14  
What's the Difference Between England, Great Britain, and the UK?  10-Oct-14 Episode #437
Fish or Fishes? 9-Oct-14  
Crab Canon Poetry 9-Oct-14  
The History of the Apostrophe 2-Oct-14 Episode #436
The Story of the First World's Fair: The Great Exhibition 1-Oct-14  
Modal Auxiliary Verbs 25-Sep-14 Episode #435
What Is the Dot over the Letter "i" Called? 25-Sep-14  
10 Verbs with Two Past-Tense Forms That Creeped (or Crept) into English 24-Sep-14  
National Punctuation Day 24-Sep-14  
Ya Shank: The Made-Up Swear Words of "The Maze Runner 19-Sep-14 Episode #434
When You Need Periods After Abbreviations 18-Sep-14  
Is "Done My Exams" a Regionalism? 17-Sep-14  
Whoa or Woah? 15-Sep-14  
Emoticons Versus Emoji 12-Sep-14  

Why Do People Mix Up the Pronouns "I" and "Me"?


Episode #433

15 Words You Didn't Realize Were Named After People 11-Sep-14  

Dos and Dont's



Merriam-Webster's Peter Sokolowski Explains How Dictionary Definitions Change Over Time



When to Use a Comma Before 'Because'


Episode #432

The Relationship Between 'Éminence Grise' and the French Academy

'Wreaked' Versus 'Wrought' 2-Sep-14  
Words That Aren't Words 29-Aug-14 Episode #431
'Alphabet of Errors' Poem 28-Aug-14  
15 Words Plagued by Unusual Silent Letters 28-Aug-14  
Fall Versus Autumn 25-Aug-14  
6 Doctor Who Literary Episodes You Should Watch Before the Premiere 22-Aug-14  
What New Research on the Brain Says Every Writer Should Do 22-Aug-14 Episode #430
Money, Monies, or Moneys? 20-Aug-14  
What Do Emoji Mean? Plus, 6 Emoji to Get You Started 19-Aug-14  
How to Use the Conjunction "Nor" 14-Aug-14 Episode #429
Archenemy Versus Arch Enemy 13-Aug-14  
What Was That Again? 10 Words With Difficult-to-Remember Meanings 13-Aug-14  
Fun with Crash Blossoms 8-Aug-14 Episode #428
How to Make Names that End in -s Plural 6-Aug-14  
7 French Food-Related Words That Became English 31-Jul-14 Episode #427
12 Common Words That Will Boost Your Scrabble Score 31-Jul-14  
The Man Who Unwittingly Lent His Name to the Guillotine 31-Jul-14  
Should You Capitalize the French in French Fries? 31-Jul-14  
A Language Lover's Trip to England 24-Jul-14 Episode #426
10 Words Whose Pronunciation Has Changed Over Time 17-Jul-14  
Weird Al's "Word Crimes" Video 15-Jul-14 Episode #425
Weird Coordinating Conjunctions: Yet, For, and So 10-Jul-14 Episode #424
Is the Semicolon in tl;dr Ironic? 3-Jul-14 Episode #423
10 Words With Roots in Lesser-Known Languages 2-Jul-14  
Scopal Ambiguity: Messing With Words to Make Things Funny 26-Jun-14 Episode #422
Why Do People Say 'A-Whole-Nother'? 20-Jun-14 Episode #421
10 Words That Started Out as Errors 19-Jun-14  
Why 'A-Whole-Nother' Isn't Like 'Ala-Frickin'-Bama' and 'Hizzouse' 13-Jun-14 Episode #420
9 Australian Slang Terms that Make Horrible Things Sound Fun 7-Jun-14  
Good on You Versus Good for You 27-May-14  
How to Kick Your Annoying Preposition Habit 15-May-14 Episode #416
Capitulate Versus Recapitulate 15-May-14  
Matriculate 13-May-14  
Punctuation with Trademark Symbols 12-May-14  
Commas: Oxford, Appositive, Nonrestrictive 8-May-14 Episode #415
Grammar Girl's Editing Checklist 8-May-14  
Reign, Rein, and Rain 6-May-14  
Filled to the Brim or Filled to the Rim? 5-May-14  
Amount Versus Number 4-May-14  
Luisa Zissman's Missing Apostrophe 1-May-14 Episode #414
Poetry Contest Winners 30-Apr-14  
Words Invented by Shakespeare 25-Apr-14 Episode #413
The -Bait Suffix Trend: Linkbait. Clickbait. What's Next? 22-Apr-14  
The 7 Reactions to Language Change 18-Apr-14  
Why Do People Say "Can I Help Who's Next?" 17-Apr-14 Episode #412
Addictive Versus Addicting 10-Apr-14 Episode #411
 A Quick Amazing Tour of British Accents 09-Apr-14  
Can You Start a Sentence with "Just Because"? 03-Apr-14 Episode #410
An April Fools Day Story 01-Apr-14  
"More Than" Versus "Over": A Big Change at the Associated Press 27-Mar-14 Episode #409
Why Does It Sound Weird to End a Sentence with a Contraction? 20-Mar-14 Episode #408
How Canadians Really Pronounce "About" 13-Mar-14 Episode #407
Begs the Question: Update 06-Mar-14 Episode #406
Is "Cash Money" a Regional Expression? 04-Mar-14 Episode #405
Why It's Hard to Talk About Substituting One Thing for Another 27-Feb-14 Episode #404
Preventive Versus Preventative 25-Feb-14 Episode #403
Canceled or Cancelled? 24-Feb-14  
The Oxford English Dictionary Needs Your Help 22-Feb-14  
The Hoax Behind Little Bunny Foo Foo 21-Feb-14 Episode #402
"Variety" Versus "Varietal" 14-Feb-14  
How Clipping Makes New Words 13-Feb-14 Episode #401
Pretty Little Liars Actress Troian Bellisario Is Making Up Words 11-Feb-14  
Units of Measure 30-Jan-13 Episode #071
How Literature Changes Your Brain for the Better (Part 2) 11-Feb-14 Episode #400
How Literature Changes Your Brain for the Better (Part 1) 06-Feb-14 Episode #399
Why Some Band Names Take "The" and Others Don't 23-Jan-14 Episode #398
Is the Semicolon in "tl;dr" Ironic? 22-Jan-14  
The Secret to Writing a Bestselling Novel 16-Jan-14 Episode #397
Imply Versus Infer 13-Jan-14  
Tenterhooks or Tenderhooks? 09-Jan-14 Episode #396
Oh, Those Wacky French Immortals 09-Jan-14  
How to Use Quotation Marks 26-Dec-13 Episode #395
Did Kanye West Invent Hashtag Rap? 19-Dec-13 Episode #394
Why We Sing "Fa La La" Instead of "Fra Spla Spla" 13-Dec-13 Episode #393
Why Do We Call People Redheads Instead of Orangeheads? 05-Dec-13 Episode #392
5 Holiday Gift Ideas for the Grammar Guru 03-Dec-13
Scrabble Words 21-Nov-13 Episode #391
Avoid This Common Passive Voice Mistake
14-Nov-13 Episode #390
Your Subconscious Controls How You Speak 07-Nov-13 Episode #389
"Kneeled" Versus "Knelt" 02-Nov-13  
How to Make a Style Sheet 24-Oct-13 Episode #388
Grammar Pop for the iPhone 22-Oct-13  
Because as a Preposition 17-Oct-13 Episode #387
What Is a Theory? 16-Oct-13  
Negation: When No Means Yes in Night Vale 10-Oct-13 Episode #386
Take the Today Show Grammar Quiz 8-Oct-13  
Biweekly Versus Semiweekly 3-Oct-13 Episode #117
Irony  26-Sep-13 Episode #385
Homophones 19-Sep-13 Episode #384
What Is a Canard? 17-Sep-13  
Could Care Less 12-Sep-13 Episode #383
Passive Voice 10-Sep-13  
Periods and Parentheses 10-Sep-13  
"In to" Versus "Into" 9-Sep-13  
Like Versus As 6-Sep-13 Episode #382
Phenomenon or Phenomena 6-Sep-13  
Like Versus As 5-Sep-13 Episode #050
"Grey" Versus "Gray" 3-Sep-13  
Lightening Versus Lightning 2-Sep-13  
Prepositions 29-Aug-13 Episode #381
Despite or In Spite Of 26-Aug-13  
Should Have or Should Of? 21-Aug-13  
Participles And Gerunds 22-Aug-13 Episode #380
"Further" Versus "Farther" 20-Aug-13  
Apostrophes in Sci-Fi and Fantasy Names 15-Aug-13 Episode #379
Oral or Verbal 13-Aug-13  
Apostrophes and Plurals 8-Aug-13 Episode #378
Wench or Winch 7-Aug-13  
Poem: Guess the Literary Device 2-Aug-13  
The Royal "We" 1-Aug-13 Episode #377
Rouge or Rogue? 31-Jul-13  
Moot Versus Mute 30-Jul-13  
Faze Versus Phase 30-Jul-13  
Dangling Participles 25-Jul-13 Episode #208
Why Do We Have Both A and An? 18-Jul-13 Episode #376
"Toward" or "Towards" 16-Jul-13  
Poem: A Lot 15-Jul-13  
How A Napron Became An Apron 04-Jul-13 Episode #374
What Is It Called When You Mishear Song Lyrics? 11-Jul-13 Episode #375
How to Make Weird Nouns Plural 28-Jun-13 Episode #373
Retronyms 20-Jun-13 Episode #372
Common Comma Error 13-Jun-13 Episode #371
"Donut" or "Doughnut" 7-Jun-13  
Don’t Worry Be Gruntled 6-Jun-13 Episode #370
And/Or 4-Jun-13  
Why Does “I” Take Plural Verbs? 30-May-13 Episode #369
How to Use Hyphens  24-May-13 Episode #368
Old Editor Says 17-May-13 Episode #367
"Blond" or "Blonde"? 14-May-13  
How Texting Is Changing English  10-May-13 Episode #366
Poem: The Curmudgeon 7-May-13  
The Verb “Do” Is Weirder Than You Think 3-May-13  
Moot Versus Mute 2-May-13 Episode #285
Poem: Punctuation 29-Apr-13  
The Language of Crime 25-Apr-13 Episode #365
"Compliment" Versus "Complement" 23-Apr-13  
Why Would Anyone Use The Chicago Manual of Style? 18-Apr-13 Episode #364
Color: A Secret Weapon for Your Memory 16-Apr-13  
Poem: The Hurl 10-Apr-13  
Flashbacks in Books 10-Apr-13 Episode #363
Grammar Pop Post 9-Apr-13  
Peek, Peak, and Pique 9-Apr-13  
Bad Portmanteau Examples 4-Apr-13 Episode #362
Poem: Write Right 3-Apr-13  
Where Do I Use Commas? 3-Apr-13  
Noun or Adjective? 28-Mar-13 Episode #361
Good Versus Well 21-Mar-13 Episode #051
Woman Versus Female 20-Mar-13  
Irish Influences on English 14-Mar-13 Episode #360
Paddy Versus Patty 12-Mar-13  
Crazy English Idioms 7-Mar-13 Episode #359
"Wench" or "winch"? 5-Mar-13  
National Grammar Day 5-Mar-13  
“Only”: The Most Insidious Misplaced Modifier 1-Mar-13 Episode #358
The Oxford Comma, in Pictures 26-Feb-13  
How Egregious Went From Good to Bad 26-Feb-13  
Why the Plural of “Die” Is “Dice,” not “Douse” 21-Feb-13 Episode #357
Where Do I Use Commas? 14-Feb-13 Episode #356
Do the Minions Speak a Real Language? 12-Feb-13  
I Love You: A Subject-Object Valentine 7-Feb-13 Episode #355
Why Doesn't Explanation Have an "I" Like Explain? 7-Feb-13  
Are You Interurban? 5-Feb-13  
Starting a Sentence With "However": Right or Wrong? 1-Feb-13 Episode #354
Can Apple Get Away with “Funness”?  24-Jan-13 Episode #353
5 Uncommon Figures of Speech to Spice Up Your Writing (Part 1) 17-Jan-13 Episode #352
Brandalized 14-Jan-13  
Is it “a Company Who...” or “a Company That...”? 10-Jan-13 Episode #351
Pronouns for People and Animals: "Who" or "That"? 3-Jan-13 Episode #350
A Word Lover’s Highlights of 2012 28-Dec-12 Episode #349
Should You Use Words or Numbers for Dates? 27-Dec-12  
How Webster’s Screwed Up 20-Dec-12 Episode #348
How to Use a Hyphen 14-Dec-12 Episode #347
"Bind" Versus "Bond" 18-Dec-12  
Tuxedo Verbs 6-Dec-12 Episode #346
The Mad Dash Through the Novel 4-Dec-12  
Why Does "Gadaffi" Have Different Spellings? 4-Dec-12  
Style and Register 29-Nov-12 Episode #345
Why Is there an Apostrophe in "Hallowe'en"? 27-Nov-12  
"Bind" Versus "Bond" 26-Nov-12  
“Burned” Versus “Burnt” 23-Nov-12 Episode #344
How to Use an Asterisk 15-Nov-12 Episode #343
Writing for Dyslexic Readers 8-Nov-12 Episode #342
"Then" Versus "Than" 5-Nov-12  
Google Ngram and "Impact" as a Verb 1-Nov-12 Episode #341
"Bated" Versus "Baited" 30-Oct-12  
Ghost Words 25-Oct-12 Episode #340
What Is Point of View 18-Oct-12 Episode #339
"Ironic" Versus "Ironical" 18-Oct-12  
What Is Point of View 18-Oct-12  
Dragged Versus Drug 12-Oct-12 Episode #151
Does "E-book" have a Hyphen? 9-Oct-12  
"American" and Other Demonyms 4-Oct-12 Episode #338
When Are Double Words OK? 28-Sep-12 Episode #142
Writing Scripts and Speeches 20-Sep-12 Episode #337
Why We Have Both “Color” and “Colour” 13-Sep-12 Episode #336
How to Write Good Survey Questions 6-Sep-12 Episode #335
Using Present Tense in a Story About the Past 30-Aug-12 Episode #334
Do You Need A Style Guide? 28-Aug-12  
A Few Short Questions 28-Aug-12  
When Is "W" a Vowel?  23-Aug-12 Episode #333
Show Me Your Errors: Songs and Movies 17-Aug-12  
Modifying Absolutes 16-Aug-12 Episode #041
Formatting Titles on Twitter and Facebook 14-Aug-12  
Are You Annoyingly Redundant? 14-Aug-12  
Anxious or Eager 14-Aug-12  
How Do You Tell If Something Is True? 9-Aug-12 Episode #332
Words Actually Can Express... 9-Aug-12  
“Ado” Versus “Adieu” 7-Aug-12  
"Pet" Versus "Petted" 2-Aug-12 Episode #331
"Hail" Versus "Hale" 31-Jul-12  
The Rules of Story 26-Jul-12 Episode #330
"Versus" 19-Jul-12 Episode #329
“Beck and Call” or “Beckon Call”? 17-Jul-12 Episode #328
“Awhile Versus “A While” 13-Jul-12 Episode #327
What Is the Plural of Scissors? 12-Jul-12  
"Decimate" 12-Jul-12  
Pronoun Order 11-Jul-12  
Does "You" Come First or Last? 10-Jul-12  
Past Tense of an Acronym 9-Jul-12  
"Dilemma" and "Gone Missing" 5-Jul-12  
Johannes Gutenberg: Language Rock Star 2-Jul-12  
 "Jealousy" Versus "Envy" 29-Jun-12 Episode #326
"Personal" Versus "Personnel" 26-Jun-12  
Starting a Sentence with a Number 26-Jun-12  
Tips for Editing and Revising 21-Jun-12 Episode #325
"Tenet" Versus "Tenant" 19-Jun-12  
"It Is I" Versus "It Is Me" 14-Jun-12 Episode #079
Question Tags 12-Jun-12  
Bad Grammar :: Good Fiction 8-Jun-12  
Characters with Bad Grammar 7-Jun-12 Episode #324
Specially and Especially 5-Jun-12  
Pronouns and Antecedents 5-Jun-12  
How to Write Numbers 31-May-12 Episode #323
Pallet, Palette, Palate 29-May-12  
Country Names and “The”: The Ukraine or Ukraine 24-May-12 Episode #322
Is It OK to Abbreviate "Barbecue" as "BBQ"? 22-May-12  
Historic Versus Historical 17-May-12 Episode #133
Hyphens in Compound Words (Coffeehouse) 8-May-12  
Janus Words: “Sanction” and “Cleave” 10-May12 Episode #321
The Verb "Do" Is Weirder Than You Think 3-May12 Episode #320
Until, Till, and 'Til 1-May-12  
Hopefully 26-Apr-12 Episode #319
When Do You Capitalize Degree Names? 24-Apr-12  
Ending a Sentence with an Abbreviation 19-Apr-12  
Dashes, Colons, and Commas 19-Apr-12 Episode #318
What Does “Proper English” Mean? 12-Apr-12 Episode #317
Is “Impact” a Verb? 11-Apr-12  
“Ado” Versus “Adieu” 11-Apr-12  
Fragments 5-Apr-12 Episode #316
“Flier” or “Flyer” 5-Apr-12  
Possessives 29-Mar-12 Episode #315
“None Is” or “None Are”? 28-Mar-12  
Mary Sue 22-Mar-12 Episode #314
Bring Versus Take 15-Mar-12 Episode #061
When Do You Capitalize Directions 13-Mar-12  
Getting Your Tricky Conditionals Right 8-Mar-12 Episode #313
Purposely Versus Purposefully 7-Mar-12  
A National Grammar Day Tale of Love 1-Mar-12 Episode #312
Where Are You At? 23-Feb-12 Episode #311
Why Do Kids Say “Versing”? 16-Feb-12 Episode #309
Sometimes, Some Time, and Sometime 14-Feb-12  
Spelling "Stationery" and "Compliment" 2-Feb-12 Episode #310
Should We Abandon Standard Spelling? 9-Feb-12 Episode #308
“Former” or “Latter” 8-Feb-12  
Johannes Gutenberg: Language Rock Star 4-Feb-12  
Periods and Parentheses 31-Jan-12  
Memento vs. Momento 31-Jan-12  
Indefinite Pronouns 26-Jan-12  
Question Tags 26-Jan-12  
Direct and Indirect Quotations 25-Jan-12  
"Specially" Versus "Especially" 24-Jan-12  
“Titled” Versus “Entitled” 24-Jan-12  
"Palette," "Palate," and "Pallet" 23-Jan-12  
Omitting “That” 19-Jan-12 Episode #307
Is "Impact" a Verb? 16-Jan-12  
“The Night Circus”: First, Second, and Third Person 12-Jan-12 Episode #306
When Do You Capitalize Academic Degrees? 12-Jan-12  
"None Is" or "None Are"? 11-Jan-12  
Hyphens in Compound Words 10-Jan-12  
Until, Till, and 'Til 9-Jan-12  
Do You Capitalize Google as a Verb? 9-Jan-12  
“Kicked Off” Versus “Kickoffed” (Phrasal Verbs) 9-Jan-12  
Plural of Cul-de-Sac 9-Jan-12  
Where Did the @ Symbol Come From? 5-Jan-12 Episode #305
"Flout" Versus "Flaunt" 5-Jan-12  
When Do You Capitalize Directions? 4-Jan-12  
"Flier" or "Flyer"? 3-Jan-12  
Should You Point Out Errors? 29-Dec-11 Episode #304
Sentence Fragments 22-Dec-11 Episode #30
“Weather” Versus “Whether” 20-Dec-11  
Is "Gifting" a Word? 16-Dec-11 Episode #303
Make Music with Ujam 16-Dec-11  
Are Your Holiday Cards Grammatically Correct? 13-Dec-11  
Passive Voice 8-Dec-11 Episode #302
“People” Versus “Persons” 8-Dec-11  
Are High Odds Good or Bad 2-Dec-11  
Active Voice 1-Dec-11 Episode #301
"Purposely" Versus "Purposefully" 30-Nov-11  
These Ones 29-Nov-11  
Christmas Carol Grammar 24-Nov-11  
"Backward" Versus "Backwards" 23-Nov-11  
Do Turkeys Come From Turkey? 23-Nov-11  
How to Pronounce “The” 22-Nov-11  
What Is the Plural of iPad2? 18-Nov-11  
10 Tips to Banish Typos 17-Nov-11 Episode #299
What's a Brouhaha? 16-Nov-11  
"Nowadays" or "Now a Days"? 16-Nov-11  
"Rifle" v. "Riffle" 11-Nov-11  
Formatting Vertical Lists 10-Nov-11 Episode #057
Can You Start a Sentence with "Because"? 9-Nov-11  
Why Commas Matter 8-Nov-11  
Em-Dash Space 8-Nov-11  
NYC Grammar Girl Meet-up 4-Nov-11  
Word Choice for Creative Writing 3-Nov-11 Episode #298
“Much Thanks” Versus “Many Thanks” 2-Nov-11  
Combining Quotation Marks, Question Marks, AND Commas 2-Nov-11  
What is a Shibboleth? 31-Oct-11  
How to Search a Corpus 27-Oct-11 Episode #297
Don't Call This a Superlative Tip 27-Oct-11  
CamelCase 25-Oct-11  
How Do You Make "RBI" Plural? 25-Oct-11  
Why Does "Gadaffi" Have Different Spellings? 21-Oct-11  
Generic Singular Pronouns 20-Oct-11 Episode #029
Myriad Of 19-Oct-11  
“Disk” or “Disc” 19-Oct-11  
Can Cigarettes Possess Something? 18-Oct-11  
When Does "Grown Up" Need a Hyphen? 17-Oct-11  
How to Make Names With Apostrophes Possessive 14-Oct-11  
Advice for New College Grads - How to Find Work as a Freelance Writer 13-Oct-11 Episode #295
French Academy Tries to Ban English Words (Again) 13-Oct-11  
Historic versus Historical 13-Oct-11  
Anyway or Anyways? 12-Oct-11  
Is It "Previously-Explained Goal" or "Previously Explained Goal"? 10-Oct-11  
Coaches Care About Grammar 10-Oct-11  
What's a Double Negative? 7-Oct-11  
Coping with Editing 6-Oct-11 Episode #294
Two Weeks' Notice 5-Oct-11  
Is Bad Grammar Acceptable in Music? 5-Oct-11  
Eachother or Each Other? 4-Oct-11  
Dear Comma 1-Oct-11  
When to Capitalize Seasons 29-Sep-11 Episode #293
What is an Aptronym? 29-Sep-11  
E-mail or Email? 29-Sep-11  
The Mercedes “Less Doors” Commercial 29-Sep-11  
“Each” and “Every” 28-Sep-11  
Spendy 28-Sep-11  
The Oxford English Dictionary Adds "Kewl" 27-Sep-11  
Overcoming Writer’s Block 26-Sep-11 Episode #292
What Does “Bow Up” Mean? 22-Sep-11  
Is “OK” OK? 19-Sep-11  
Irregular Verbs 15-Sep-11 Episode #291
Needs Washed 8-Sep-11 Episode #290
Metaphors and Similes 1-Sep-11 Episode #085
Quotation Marks with Periods and Commas 25-Aug-11 Episode #289
Compound Nouns 12-Aug-11 Episode #288
High Odds or Low Odds? 5-Aug-11  
Compound Subjects 4-Aug-11 Episode #287
Circumvent Versus Circumnavigate 30-Jul-11  
Portmanteaus 28-Jul-11 Episode #286
"Moot" Versus "Mute" 21-Jul-11 Episode #285
Comma in Salutation 19-Jul-11  
Who Says “Fun” Can’t Be an Adjective? 14-Jul-11 Episode #284
Myriad Of 9-Jul-11  
Did Oxford Drop the Oxford Comma? 8-Jul-11 Episode #283
"Each Other" Versus "One Another" 30-Jun-11 Episode #282
How Do Words Get in the Dictionary? 22-Jun-11 Episode #281
Whoever or Whomever? 18-Jun-11 Episode #280
Capitalizing Titles 9-Jun-11 Episode #279
Oddness When You Start a Sentence with "There Is" 2-Jun-11 Episode #278
Is "Graduated College" Wrong? 26-May-11 Episode #276
I.e. Versus E.g. 19-May-11 Episode #053
Ampersand 17-May-11  
Camel Case 12-May-11 Episode #275
Double Subjects 4-May-11 Episode #274
Supposably 3-May-11  
"A Hold" or "Ahold"? 28-Apr-11 Episode #273
Not Only...But Also 26-Apr-11  
When to Capitalize Seasons? 26-Apr-11  
Do You Capitalize “God”? 21-Apr-11 Episode #272
Subject and Object 19-Apr-11  
Is “Conversate” a Word 14-Apr-11  
Should it be "You" or "Your" with Gerunds? 14-Apr-11  
Is Conversate a Word? 14-Apr-11 Episode #271
What Is an Aptronym? 12-Apr-11  
Commas With Participial Phrases 7-Apr-11 Episode #270
Choose to Format Your Own Name 5-Apr-11  
Should It Be "You" or "Your" with Gerunds? 5-Apr-11  
Ending a Sentence With a Preposition 31-Mar-11 Episode #269
“Sculptor” Versus “Sculpture” 28-Mar-11  
Mixing Verb Tenses 24-Mar-11 Episode #268
Is It "Dilemma" or "Dilemna"? 24-Mar-11  
Should You Capitalize Coen Brothers? 21-Mar-11  
Is It "Previously-Explained Goal" or "Previously Explained Goal"? 21-Mar-11  
How to Speak English Like the Irish 17-Mar-11 Episode #267
Do You Need a Comma Before Jr.? 14-Mar-11  
Is It "Dilemma" or "Dilemna"? 14-Mar-11  
When Should You Capitalize Cocktail and Food Names? 11-Mar-11 Episode #266
Are You Using Hyphens Correctly? 10-Mar-11  
Can You Start a Sentence with "However"? 10-Mar-11  
How Do You Pronounce 2011 7-Mar-11  
Are You Using Hyphens Correctly? 7-Mar-11  
A Funny Story About Epic Poetry 3-Mar-11 Episode #265
Punctuating Questions 24-Feb-11 Episode #264
"A Historic " Versus "An Historic"  24-Feb-11  
Why Photo Captions May Deserve a Grammatical Pass 24-Feb-11  
Titled or Entitled? 24-Feb-11  
Former or Latter? 23-Feb-11  
Periods and Parentheses 21-Feb-11  
How to Write Grammatically Correct Photo Captions 17-Feb-11 Episode #263
Commas with Adjectives 10-Feb-11 Episode #262
"Kicked Off" or "Kickoffed"? 5-Feb-11  
Do You Capitalize "Google"? 5-Feb-11  
A Versus An 3-Feb-11 Episode #261
Weather or Whether 2-Feb-11  
People or Persons? 2-Feb-11  
How to Pronounce "The" 2-Feb-11  
"Nowadays" or "Now a Days"? 31-Jan-11  
Em Dash Space 31-Jan-11  
"Much Thanks" or "Many Thanks"? 30-Jan-11  
Should You Capitalize Coen Brothers? 30-Jan-11  
CamelCase 30-Jan-11  
Disc or Disk? 30-Jan-11  
Each and Every 30-Jan-11  
Ampersand 29-Jan-11  
Supposably 29-Jan-11  
Not Only But Also 29-Jan-11  
Subject and Object 29-Jan-11  
Why Can't I Determine How My Name Is Spelled? 28-Jan-11  
"Sculpture" Versus "Sculptor" 28-Jan-11  
Contractions 27-Jan-11 Episode #260
First, Second, and Third Person 20-Jan-11 Episode #259
Do You Need a Comma Before "Jr."? 20-Jan-11  
How to Write Dialogue 13-Jan-11 Episode #258
How Do You Pronounce 2011 13-Jan-11  
Should You Ever Put a Space Before a Period? 6-Jan-11 Episode #257
Serial Comma 30-Dec-10 Episode #256
How to Make Family Names Plural 23-Dec-10 Episode #255
Top Grammar Articles of 2010 21-Dec-10  
What Is a Canard? 16-Dec-10 Episode #254
How to Pluralize Family Names 10-Dec-10  
"Desert" Versus "Dessert" 10-Dec-10 Episode #253
What Is Plagiarism? 2-Dec-10 Episode #252
What Is a Gerund?  22-Nov-10 Episode #251
"Foreword" Versus "Forward" 18-Nov-10 Episode #250
Why Doesn’t “Veterans Day” Have an Apostrophe? 11-Nov-10 Episode #249
How to Write a Better Resume 4-Nov-10 Episode #248
Top Grammar Articles of 2010 4-Nov-10  
Generic Singular Pronouns 4-Nov-10  
What Is a Straw Man Argument? 2-Nov-10 Episode #247
Show, Don’t Tell 28-Oct-10 Episode #246
"Talk With" versus "Talk To" 21-Oct-10 Episode #245
Is Pig Latin a Real Language? 14-Oct-10 Episode #244
“Peak” "Peek" and "Pique" 11-Oct-10  
Should I Capitalize Award Names? 10-Oct-10  
"Think Different" or "Think Differently" 7-Oct-10 Episode #243
How to Write Millions 3-Oct-10  
"Like" Versus "Such As" 1-Oct-10 Episode #242
"Cannot" Versus "Can Not" 28-Sep-10  
Colons 23-Sep-10 Episode #241
“The Situation” Does Grammar 20-Sep-10  
Do All Adverbs End in "-Ly"? 16-Sep-10 Episode #240
Capitalizing Dog Breeds 13-Sep-10  
Capitalizing Proper Nouns 9-Sep-10 Episode #239
“Guerilla” Versus “Gorilla” 7-Sep-10  
"The Situation" Does Grammar 4-Sep-10  
Is It OK to Switch Verb Tenses? 2-Sep-10 Episode #238
What Are Run-On Sentences? 26-Aug-10 Episode #237
Split Infinitives 20-Aug-10 Episode #236
“Ado” Versus “Adieu” 16-Aug-10  
Swearing 12-Aug-10 Episode #235
Rifle versus "Riffle" 9-Aug-10  
"Foreword" Versus "Forward" 9-Aug-10  
Does "Until" Include the Date? 5-Aug-10 Episode #234
Does "Thank-You" Have a Hyphen 2-Aug-10  
Is It "Two Thousand and Ten" or "Two Thousand Ten"? 2-Aug-10  
Parentheses, Brackets, and Braces 29-Jul-10 Episode #233
Active Voice Versus Passive Voice 22-Jul-10 Episode #232
How to Write Clear Sentences 15-Jul-10 Episode #231
When to Use Female Nouns  8-Jul-10 Episode #230
"Exorcise" or "Exercise"? 6-Jul-10  
Understanding Voice and Tone in Writing  1-Jul-10 Episode #229
Comma Splice 24-Jun-10 Episode #228
Is It "Which" or "That"? 23-Jun-10  
How to Get Started Blogging 21-Jun-10 Episode #227
How to Use Transition Words 17-Jun-10 Episode #226
Ellipses 10-Jun-10 Episode #225
When to Use Articles Before Nouns 4-Jun-10 Episode #224
Is a Troop One Person or a Group? 26-May-10 Episode #223
"A While" Versus "Awhile" 22-May-10  
Dashes, Parentheses, and Commas 21-May-10 Episode #222
And/Or 13-May-10  
"Although" Versus "While" 13-May-10 Episode #221
"Emigrate" or "Immigrate"? 11-May-10  
Ideas Versus "Ideals" 11-May-10  
How to Eliminate Adverbs 6-May-10 Episode #220
Can You Start a Sentence with "Because"? 4-May-10  
How Come We Say "How Come"? 4-May-10  
"Bad" Versus "Badly" 29-Apr-10 Episode #219
What's a Double Negative? 26-Apr-10  
Further Versus "Farther" 22-Apr-10 Episode #218
"Beckon Call" or "Beck and Call"? 22-Apr-10  
Don't Call This a Superlative Tip 19-Apr-10  
What Is Poetic License? 15-Apr-10 Episode #217
Toward Versus "Towards" 12-Apr-10  
Can Cigarettes Possess Something? 12-Apr-10  
"Jealousy" Versus "Envy" 12-Apr-10 Episode #326
Between, "Compared to," and "Compared With" 8-Apr-10 Episode #216
Backward Versus "Backwards" 5-Apr-10  
Who Versus Whom 5-Apr-10 Episode #044
Hey, That's Not Grammar Girl! 1-Apr-10 Episode #215
Cannot Versus "Can Not" 29-Mar-10  
Bring Versus Take 29-Mar-10 Episode #061
Always, Never, Usually, Often, Most, and More 25-Mar-10 Episode #214
In Regard To Versus "In Regards To" 22-Mar-10  
Stacked Modifiers 18-Mar-10 Episode #213
Are Region Names Capitalized? 16-Mar-10  
Daylight-Saving Time 11-Mar-10 Episode #212
Milk It for All It's Worth or "Milk It for All Its Worth"? 8-Mar-10  
Top Ten Grammar Myths 4-Mar-10 Episode #211
Pronouns and Antecedents 25-Feb-10 Episode #210
Does the Olympic Theme Song “I Believe” Have a Grammar Error? 18-Feb-10 Episode #209
Between Versus "Among" 4-Feb-10 Episode #207
"Toward" Versus "Towards" 3-Feb-10  
Is "I'm Loving It" Proper Grammar? 29-Jan-10 Episode #206
How Come We Say "How Come"? 27-Jan-10  
Readers Share Their Funny Errors 21-Jan-10 Episode #205
Is "Got" Proper English? 14-Jan-10 Episode #204
"Ideas" Versus "Ideals" 12-Jan-10  
Does "Thank-You" Have a Hyphen 11-Jan-10  
How Do You Pronounce 2010? 8-Jan-10 Episode #203
Is It "Two Thousand and Ten" or "Two Thousand Ten"? 8-Jan-10  
"In Regard To" Versus "In Regards To" 6-Jan-10  
When to Use “Nor” 31-Dec-09 Episode #202
Is “Ain't” a Word? 25-Dec-09 Episode #201
Lay Versus Lie 17-Dec-09 Episode #037
Who Versus "Whom," Advanced 11-Dec-09 Episode #200
Strunk and Twite 10-Dec-09  
"Alternate" Versus "Alternative" 5-Dec-09 Episode #199
Because, "Due To," "Since," and "As" 27-Nov-09 Episode #198
 "Where" Versus "In Which" 20-Nov-09 Episode #197
"Rifle" v. "Riffle" 16-Nov-09  
Adverbs Ending in -ly 13-Nov-09 Episode #196
Why Doesn’t “Veterans Day” Have an Apostrophe?  10-Nov-09 Episode #249
“Which” Versus “That” 30-Oct-09 Episode #195
How to Use Italics 23-Oct-09 Episode #194
Splitting Verbs 23-Oct-09  

Single Quotation Marks Versus Double Quotation Marks
“Diffuse” Versus “Defuse” 16-Oct-09 Episode #193
Do I Hate Your Singing or You Singing? 9-Oct-09 Episode #192
Dreamed or Dreamt? 7-Oct-09  
How to Write a Complaint Letter 2-Oct-09 Episode #191
Hanged Versus Hung 30-Sep-09 Episode #034
Ellipses Spurned 25-Sep-09 Episode #190
How to Use Semicolons 22-Sep-09 Episode #189
“Comprise” versus “Compose” 18-Sep-09 Episode #188
Should Writers Keep a Journal? 11-Sep-09 Episode #187
Funny Misplaced Modifiers 4-Sep-09 Episode #186
On Accident Versus by Accident 31-Aug-09 Episode #063
When Should You Capitalize Titles? 28-Aug-09 Episode #185
When Should You Capitalize Words? 21-Aug-09 Episode #184
Verbs Sandwiched Between Singular and Plural Nouns 14-Aug-09 Episode #183
Are You Annoyingly Redundant? 7-Aug-09 Episode #182
How Many Spaces After A Period? 31-Jul-09 Episode #181
How to Use Parallel Construction Correctly 24-Jul-09 Episode #180
Can You Start a Sentence with “Which”? 17-Jul-09 Episode #179
Former or Latter 17-Jul-09  
Do Rhetorical Questions Need a Question Mark? 10-Jul-09 Episode #178
Why Are British English and American English Different? 3-Jul-09 Episode #177
Ampersand 30-Jun-09  
What Is Subject-Complement Agreement? 26-Jun-09 Episode #176
Did I Tweet or Did I Twitter? 20-Jun-09 Episode #175
Apostrophe Catastrophe (Part Two) 18-Jun-09 Episode #035
“Myself” 12-Jun-09 Episode #174
“Principal” Versus “Principle” 5-Jun-09 Episode #173
“All Right” Versus “Alright” 29-May-09 Episode #172
How to Organize a Book  23-May-09 Episode #171
Swear Words in Text 15-May-09 Episode #170
Using “For” to Mean “Because” 9-May-09 Episode #169
Troublesome Contractions (e.g., I'd've) 1-May-09 Episode #168
Dashes Versus Colons 23-Apr-09 Episode #167
Are Region Names Capitalized? 22-Apr-09  
Strunk and White 17-Apr-09 Episode #166
Supposably 17-Apr-09  
Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Initialisms 10-Apr-09 Episode #165
"Specially" Versus "Especially" 10-Apr-09  
“One” Versus “You” 3-Apr-09 Episode #164
Between Me and You? 27-Mar-09 Episode #163
How to Write a Great Blog Comment 20-Mar-09 Episode #162
Excessive Redundant Redundancies 17-Mar-09  
“Use” Versus “Utilize” 13-Mar-09 Episode #161
People or Persons? 10-Mar-09  
Between You and Me 9-Mar-09 Episode #064
Subjunctive Verbs 5-Mar-09 Episode #160
Ending a Sentence with an Abbreviation 24-Feb-09  
"Flammable" Versus "Inflammable" 20-Feb-09 Episode #158
Until, Till, and 'Til 17-Feb-09  
When to Use a Comma with “Too” 13-Feb-09 Episode #157
What Is the Plural of Scissors? 6-Feb-09 Episode #156
"Disinterested" Versus "Uninterested" 4-Feb-09  
What to Call People With Disabilities. 30-Jan-09 Episode #155
Splitting Verbs 23-Jan-09 Episode #154
"Bachelor's Degree" or "Bachelors Degree"? 20-Jan-09  
Do You Overuse "Of"? 16-Jan-09 Episode #153
Does Grammar Really Matter? 9-Jan-09 Episode #152
How to Podcast a Book 26-Dec-08 Episode #150
Writing Dates 23-Dec-08 Episode #089
The Lord Is Come? 19-Dec-08 Episode #031
Top Five Pet Peeves of 2008 19-Dec-08 Episode #149
How to Make Family Names Plural 16-Dec-08 Episode #255
How to Write Your First Novel 12-Dec-08 Episode #148
Greeting Card Grammar 9-Dec-08 Episode #086
Mixed Metaphors 6-Dec-08 Episode #146
An Example of Irony 28-Nov-08 Episode #147
Can Versus May 21-Nov-08 Episode #145
Wordiness And Idioms 13-Nov-08 Episode #012
Should We Abandon Standard Spelling? 11-Nov-08 Episode #308
Concrete Versus Cement 7-Nov-08 Episode #144
I Want My Hour Back 31-Oct-08 Episode #143
Appositives 17-Oct-08 Episode #141
Modifying Phrases at the Beginning of Sentences 10-Oct-08 Episode #140
Is "Data" Singular or Plural? 3-Oct-08 Episode #139
Woman Versus Female 23-Sep-08 Episode #137
Complex-Compound Sentences 19-Sep-08 Episode #136
Than Versus Then 17-Sep-08  
What Is the Plural of “Mouse”? 16-Sep-08 Episode #135
Is "Funnest" a Word? 12-Sep-08 Episode #134
How to Format URLs in Text 5-Sep-08 Episode #132
Collective Nouns 2-Sep-08 Episode #131
Funny Homophones 29-Aug-08 Episode #130
Assure Versus Ensure Versus Insure 26-Aug-08 Episode #129
Double Possessives 22-Aug-08 Episode #128
Begs the Question 19-Aug-08 Episode #127
Through, Threw, and Thru 14-Aug-08 Episode #126
Comparatives Versus Superlatives 12-Aug-08 Episode #125
Better Versus Best 8-Aug-08 Episode #124
How to Avoid Clichés 5-Aug-08 Episode #123
Is "Have Got" Acceptable English? 1-Aug-08 Episode #122
Affect Versus Effect 29-Jul-08 Episode #121
He Said, She Said 25-Jul-08 Episode #120
“Shall” Versus “Will” 22-Jul-08 Episode #119
Writing Accents and Dialects 18-Jul-08 Episode #118
In Spite of versus Despite 18-Jul-08  
"Than I" Versus "Than Me" 11-Jul-08 Episode #116
Capitalizing Breed Names
Capitalizing Dog Breeds
Loan versus Lend 8-Jul-08 Episode #115
Phrasal Verbs 4-Jul-08 Episode #114
Writing with Slang 27-Jun-08 Episode #113
Words that Sound Funny 20-Jun-08 Episode #112
Everybody: Singular or Plural 13-Jun-08 Episode #111
When to Leave Out "That" 6-Jun-08 Episode #110
If Versus Whether 30-May-08 Episode #109
Whose for Inanimate Objects 23-May-08 Episode #108
Graduated versus Graduated From 16-May-08 Episode #107
More Than Versus Over 9-May-08 Episode #106
Yoda Grammar 1-May-08 Episode #105
Sentence Length 25-Apr-08 Episode #104
Subject-Verb Agreement 18-Apr-08 Episode #103
Citing Podcasts and Websites 11-Apr-08 Episode #102
How to Write Percents 4-Apr-08 Episode #101
How to Write Numbers 28-Mar-08 Episode #100
Which Versus That 21-Mar-08 Episode #007
Present Tense Books  14-Mar-08 Episode #099
Who Versus Whom--Advanced 7-Mar-08 Episode #098
May Versus Might 22-Feb-08 Episode #096
Zeroscape Versus Xeriscape 15-Feb-08 Episode #095
Irregardless Versus Regardless 8-Feb-08 Episode #094
Hyphens 1-Feb-08 Episode #093
Apostrophes 18-Jan-08 Episode #092
Yo as a Pronoun 11-Jan-08 Episode #091
Went Missing 4-Jan-08 Episode #090
Writing Dates 29-Dec-07 Episode #089
Sit Versus Set 14-Dec-07 Episode #088
Is "Chai Tea" Redundant? 12-Dec-07  
Used to Versus Use to, and Other Listener Questions 7-Dec-07 Episode #087
Greeting Card Grammar 30-Nov-07 Episode #086
People Versus Entities 16-Nov-07 Episode #084
Interviewing Tips 9-Nov-07 Episode #083
Daylight-Saving Time 1-Nov-07 Episode #082
A Few Short Questions 26-Oct-07 Episode #081
Misuing "So" and "Very" 19-Oct-07 Episode #080
Formatting Hyperlinks 05-Oct-07 Episode #078
Verbification of a Noun 28-Sep-07 Episode #077
Starting a Sentence with “Hopefully” 21-Sep-07 Episode #076
Compound Possession 14-Sep-07 Episode #075
Metaphors and Similies 1-Sep-07 Episode #085
Simplify Your Writing 31-Aug-07 Episode #073
The Asterisk (Trust Me About Grammar, Not About Baseball) 10-Aug-07 Episode #070
Unlawful Versus Illegal 27-Jul-07 Episode #068
Your Versus You're 20-Jul-07 Episode #067
Regionalisms 29-Jun-07 Episode #065
Between You and Me 26-Jun-07 Episode #064
Spoonerisms, Mondegreens, Eggcorns, and Malapropisms 15-Jul-07 Episode #062
Generating Story Ideas and Overcoming Writer’s Block 22-May-07 Episode #056
Misplaced Modifiers 18-May-07 Episode #055
Less vs. Fewer 11-May-07 Episode #054
Text Messaging Grammar 27-Apr-07 Episode #052
April Fool's Day Episode 01-Apr-07 Episode #048
Semicolons 23-Feb-07 Episode #042
How to use Myself and Other Reflexive Pronouns 09-Feb-07 Episode #040
Grammar Manners 12-Jan-07 Episode #036
Apostrophe Catastrophe (Part Two) 05-Jan-07 Episode #035
Hanged Versus Hung 31-Dec-06 Episode #034
Apostrophe Catastrophe (Part One) 22-Dec-06 Episode #032
Who Versus That 04-Nov-06 Episode #024
Proofreading Tips 20-Oct-06 Episode #021
Excessive Redundant Redundancies 08-Oct-06 Episode #018
Grammar Style Issues 08-Sep-06 Episode #011

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