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'Could Care Less' Versus 'Couldn't Care Less' 16-Jan-2020 Episode #754
Yes, You Can Still Write Your First Novel 9-Jan-2020 Episode #753
What Does a Cornucopia Symbolize? 7-Jan-2020  
Why Are There So Many Different Scripts in East Asia? 2-Jan-2020 Episode #752
How Do You Spell ‘Hanukkah’? 26-Dec-2019 Episode #751
What Does ‘Pitch Black’ Mean? 19-Dec-2019 Episode #750
What Are Frankincense and Myrrh? 19-Dec-2019  
Joel Schwartzberg: Get to the Point 16-Dec-2019 Episode #749
Language Alters Our Experience of Time 12-Dec-2019 Episode #748
The Languages of 'Star Wars' 12-Dec-2019  
Hey, Writers! You Don't Have to Get Up on Stage for Improv to Boost Your Creativity 9-Dec-2019 Episode #747
How to Make Family Names Plural 5-Dec-2019 Episode #746
5 Daily Habits That Can Help You Strengthen Your Writing Skills 5-Dec-2019  
Is a Hamburger a Sandwich? 3-Dec-2019  
'More Than' Vs. 'Over'—Why the Associated Press Changed Their Stance 2-Dec-2019 Episode #745
What Does ‘Cold Turkey’ Mean? Plus the Meaning of 5 Other ‘Turkey’ Phrases 28-Nov-2019 Episode #744
How to Get Your Characters Right (Especially When They Aren't Like You) 25-Nov-2019 Episode #743
The Internet Makes It Easier (and Harder) to Find Original Sources 21-Nov-2019 Episode #742
Is the C in Words Like 'Scent' a Silent Letter? 21-Nov-2019  
A Peek Behind the Scenes in Publishing 18-Nov-2019 Episode #741
Single Quotation Marks Versus Double Quotation Marks 15-Nov-2019 Episode #740
What Is 'House Style'? 14-Nov-2019  
'Filthy Lucre': Where Do We Get This Term for 'Dirty Money' 11-Nov-2019  
How to Show Sarcasm in Text 11-Nov-2019 Episode #739
Grammar Quirks: Bourne Morris on Her Dislike of Fancy Words 9-Nov-2019  
Can a Boy Raised by Wolves Learn to Speak Human Language? It Depends. 7-Nov-2019 Episode #738
Curtis Chen: Using NaNoWriMo to Kickstart Your Novel 4-Nov-2019 Episode #737
10 Ghastly Words for Ghosts 31-Oct-2019 Episode #736
What Is a ‘Quid pro Quo’? 31-Oct-2019  
Dave Itzkoff on Writing a Biography of Robin Williams 28-Oct-2019 Episode #735
Ghost Words 24-Oct-2019 Episode #734
Why People Hate Words Like 'Moist' 21-Oct-2019 Episode #733
'Rebut' or 'Refute'? 17-Oct-2019  
How to Write a Conclusion 17-Oct-2019 Episode #732
Grammar Quirks: Heather Morris on 'Love' and 'Redundant' 15-Oct-2019  
Grammar Quirks: Augusten Burroughs on 'Love' 15-Oct-2019  
Do You Use 'On' With Days and Dates? 15-Oct-2019  
Compound Possession 14-Oct-2019 Episode #731
Going From a Podcast to a Book: 'The Infinite Noise' 11-Oct-2019 Episode #730
Grammar Quirks: Julia Armfield on 'Tentacularly' 9-Oct-2019  
How to Pronounce 'Primer' 8-Oct-2019  
How to Make Words that End in 'Y' Plural 7-Oct-2019 Episode #729
How English Words Came Into French After World War II 3-Oct-2019 Episode #728
Fall Versus Autumn 1-Oct-2019  
Hopefully 30-Sept-2019  
The Quirky Australian Present Perfect Tense 30-Sept-2019 Episode #727
Why Do We Call Coffee ‘a Cup of Joe’? 26-Sept-2019 Episode #726
‘Smokey’ or ‘Smoky’? 26-Sept-2019  
Interviewing, Story Structure, and Writing Tools with Jonathan Small 23-Sept-2019 Episode #725
Why Esperanto is an Amazing Language 19-Sept-2019 Episode #724
What is a 'Watershed Moment'? 17-Sept-2019  
Grammar Quirks: Goldie Goldbloom on Sentence Filtering 17-Sept-2019  
How to Do Fact Checking 16-Sept-2019 Episode #723
Irregular Verbs 12-Sept-2019 Episode #722
'In Hospital' or 'In the Hospital'? 12-Sept-2019  
'Math' or 'Maths'? 12-Sept-2019  
'It Is I' Versus 'It Is Me' 10-Sept-2019  
What Does "in Your Wheelhouse" Mean? 10-Sept-2019  
Verbing Nouns and Nouning Verbs 9-Sept-2019 Episode #721
Getting Your Tricky Conditionals Right 5-Sept-2019 Episode #720
Can You Learn a Language Playing Video Games? 3-Sept-2019  
What is Semantic Bleaching?  2-Sept-2019 Episode #719
Why Do We Say 'Maverick'?  2-Sept-2019  
9 Tips for Writing Scripts and Speeches 29-August-2019 Episode #718
Is 'Aks' a Question (Instead of 'Ask') Proper English? 29-August-2019  
Words That Sound Funny 26-August-2019 Episode #717
Homographs: Words That Are Spelled the Same but Sound Different 23-August-2019 Episode #716
Swiping, Ghosting, Tinderella, and Phubbing: Relationships in the Age of Technology 20-August-2019  
What is Point of View?  19-August-2019 Episode #715
Writing for Dyslexic Readers 17-August-2019 Episode #342
Eponyms: Words Named After People 16-August-2019 Episode #714
Grammar Quirks: Tupelo Hassman on Character Sound 13-August-2019  
Grammar Quirks: Eric Kester on 'Lit' and 'Turnt' 13-August-2019  
Apostrophe Catastrophe (Part Two) 12-August-2019 Episode #713
What Is a Cipher? 8-August-2019  
Ampersand 8-August-2019  
Apostrophe Catastrophe (Part One) 8-August-2019 Episode #712
Spoonerisms, Mondegreens, Eggcorns, and Malapropisms 5-August-2019 Episode #711
10 Ways to Say Vacation 1-August-2019 Episode #710
Why Do Some People Call Green Peppers 'Mango Peppers'? 1-August-2019  
Surprise! The Semicolon Is Exciting 29-July-2019 Episode #709
'Phenomenom' or 'Phenomena' 28-July-2019  
Why Alchohol is 'Hard' 25-July-2019 Episode #708
How and Why the Internet is Changing Language 22-July-2019 Episode #707
Style and Register 18-July-2019 Episode #706
3 Blue Idioms: Blue Collar, Bluestocking, and Blue Hair 15-July-2019 Episode #705
Word Emoji Day 2019 - The Whole Scoop on the Poop Emoji 11-July-2019  
How to Use Present and Past Tense in Essays 11-July-2019 Episode #704
All the Different Ways We Pronounce the Letter 'T' 8-July-2019 Episode #703
‘All of a Sudden’ or ‘All of the Sudden’? 4-July-2019 Episode #702
'Foward' and 'Forward' 1-July-2019 Episode #701
Do You Capitalize 'Google'?  27-June-2019 Episode #700
Why Does 'Love' Mean 'Zero' in Tennis?  27-June-2019  
5 Tips for Writing a Literature Review 27-June-2019  
What is #StetWalk?  25-June-2019  
How to Write the Names of Computer Programs and Formats 24-June-2019 Episode #699
When to Capitalize Articles (Such as "the") in Publication Names 20-June-2019 Episode #698
Why College Essays Are About More Than College 17-June-2019 Episode #697
Hyphens in Ages 13-June-2019 Episode #696
The Emphatic 'This' 13-June-2019  
Phone Numbers in Dialogue 11-June-2019  
'Armageddon' or 'Apocalypse'? 10-June-2019 Episode #695
Country Names and "The": The Ukraine or Ukraine 6-June-2019 Episode #694
5 Theater Idioms: Stage Fright, Upstage, and More 6-June-2019  
Autological Words 4-June-2019  
'Very Unique' and Other Wordiness 4-June-2014 Episode #693
Cryptids, Kaiju, and Godzilla, Oh My! 30-May-2019 Episode #692
Introducing a New Podcast: Science Rules! 27-May-2019 Episode #691
The Spelling Bee Kids 23-May-2019 Episode #690
Amounts: Majority of Plurality? 20-May-2019 Episode #689
Dangling Participles 16-May-2019 Episode #688
Nauseated/Nauseous: The Prescriptive vs. Descriptive Debate 15-May-2019  
What's It Like to Be a Book Editor and Translator? 13-May-2019 Episode #687
Why the Japanese Language Has So Many Words for 'Time' 12-May-2019  
The Words and Languages of 'The Big Bang Theory' 10-May-2019  
'Dilemma' or 'Dilemna'? 9-May-2019 Episode #686
Why Do We Say 'Adventure'? 7-May-2019  
Advice for New College Grads: How to Find Work as a Freelance Writer 6-May-2019 Episode #685
How Do You Pronounce ‘Chipotle’? 2-May-2019  
6 Horse Racing Idioms: ‘to Spur,’ ‘to Hold Your Horses,’ and More 2-May-2019  
'Unquote' or 'End Quote' 2-May-2019 Episode #684
The 1920s Fascination With Slang  30-Apr-2019  
'So' and 'So That': Coordinating or Subordinating Conjunction?  29-Apr-2019 Episode #683
'Sneaked' or 'Snuck'?  25-Apr-2019  
Have You Noticed People Not Pronouncing Their T's?  25-Apr-2019 Episode #682
Em-Dashes: Arrows to the Heart 23-Apr-2019  
The Dictionary of Difficult Words 22-Apr-2019 Episode #681
The Etymology of 'Easter' and 'Passover'  21-Apr-2019  
The Languages of the Marvel Universe: 'Avengers: Endgame'  18-Apr-2019 Episode #680
3 Easy Ways to Improve Your Grammar 18-Apr-2019  
13 Fake (and Real) Food Names 15-Apr-2019 Episode #679
Do You Capitalize 'God'?  11-Apr-2019  
Slang Words for Money: A Tax Day Special 11-Apr-2019 Episode #678
Grammar Quirks: Rachel Howzell Hall on 'Huhn'  9-Apr-2019  
BONUS: LeVar Burton Reads is back!  8-Apr-2019 Bonus #677
The Languages of 'Game of Thrones'  4-Apr-2019 Episode #676
Why Verbs Like 'Witness' Are Weird: Bare Infinitivals  1-Apr-2019 Episode #675
How You Can Benefit Year-Round From NaNoWriMo 28-Masr-2019 Episode #674
What Is a Schwa? 25-Mar-2019 Episode #673
How a Semicolon Brought Two Writers Together 21-Mar-2019 Episode #672
Why We Have Both 'Color' and 'Colour' 18-Mar-2019 Episode #671
What is the Spring Equinox?  14-Mar-2019 Episode #670
Is Irish a Language? 14-Mar-2019  
Red: Red Tape, Red Letter Days, Red Herring, Red-Handed, and Rubrics  11-Mar-2019 Episode #669
These Ones 7-Mar-2019 Episode #668
3 Phrases for St. Patrick's Day...and 1 to Avoid 7-Mar-2019  
3 Strategies for Tackling a Lengthy Writing Assignment 7-Mar-2019  
Why Animal Sounds Are Different In Different Languages 4-Mar-2019 Episode #667
What's A Double Negative? 28-Feb-2019 Episode #666
Interesting Language Stories in the News 25-Feb-2019 Episode #665
An Interview with Benjamin Dreyer 21-Feb-2019 Episode #664
Reduplication: Would You Like Milk-Milk With Your Salad-Salad? 19-Feb-2019  
What Does the 'D' in 'D-Day' Mean?  18-Feb-2019 Episode #663
Never Forget How to Spell 'Bureaucracy' Again 14-Feb-2019  
Winter Weather Words: Polar Vortex, Bombogenesis, Snowmageddon, and more 14-Feb-2019  
'Racket' or 'Racquet'? 14-Feb-2019 Episode #662
Paula Brackston on Names, Language, and Life as a Writer 11-Feb-2019 Episode #661
Crime Word Origins: From 'Whodunit' to 'Cliffhanger' 7-Feb-2019  
Irregardless Versus Regardless 7-Feb-2019 Episode #660
What Is a 'Flibbertigibbet'? 6-Feb-2019  
What's Your Family Slang? 4-Feb-2019 Episode #659
What Does It Mean to 'Punt' Something?  31-Jan-2019  
'Wage,' 'Wager,' and 'Wed' 31-Jan-2019 Episode #658
Capitalizing Dog Breeds 27-Jan-2019  
Why Do People Say 'Yeah, No'?  24-Jan-2019  
'Tip Your Hat' or 'Tip Your Hand'?  24-Jan-2019 Episode #657
You Don't Need Quotation Marks (And You Can Quote Me On That) 24-Jan-2019  
'Relapse' or 'Recur'? 17-Jan-2019 Episode #656
'Methinks' Isn't What You Think 17-Jan-2019  
'Kneeled' Versus 'Knelt'  17-Jan-2019  
Grammar Quirks: JoAnn Chaney on the #CommasMatter Movement 15-Jan-2019  
What Are Run-On  Sentences?  12-Jan-2019  
Why Do We Say 'Punk'?  10-Jan-2019  
'Myriad' Vs. 'A Myriad Of'  10-Jan-2019 Episode #655
'Stint' or 'Stent'? 03-Jan-2019 Episode #654
How to Prounounce 'Coyote' 03-Jan-2019  
How to Use an Asterisk 27-Dec-2018 Episode #653
6 Writing Resolutions for 2019 27-Dec-2018  
'Emigrate' Versus 'Immigrate' 24-Dec-2018  
'Stationery' Versus 'Stationary' 22-Dec-2018  
What Does 'Yule' Mean? 20-Dec-2018  
'Purposely' Versus 'Purposefully'  20-Dec-2018 Episode #652
Grammar Quirks: Laurie Frankel on 'Bobulate' 18-Dec-2018  
How to Use Colons: A Guide to the Punctuation Mark 14-Dec-2018  
Capitulate Versus Recapitulate 14-Dec-2018 Episode #651
'Wreaked' Versus 'Wrought'  06-Dec-2018 Episode #650
If We Ever Came Across Aliens, Would We Be Able to Understand Them?  06-Dec-2018  
Why 'Crescendo' Doesn't Mean Peak 05-Dec-2018  
Pronouns and Antecedents 30-Nov-2018  
'Ado' Versus 'Adieu' 30-Nov-2018 Episode #649
3 Ways to Combat Writer's Block 28-Nov-2018  
Does Your Language Influence How You Think?  22-Nov-2018 Episode #648
Why 'Penultimate' Doesn't Mean 'Best' 20-Nov-2018  
'Manner Born' or 'Manor Born'? 20-Nov-2018  
'Flier' or 'Flyer'?  15-Nov-2018  
Pronoun Order 15-Nov-2018 Episode #647
Why Do We Say 'Rubber Room'? 13-Nov-2018  
How 'Trolloping' Became a Word 08-Nov-2018  
Blond or Blonde? 08-Nov-2018 Episode #646
The Darkness and Light of Author Courtney Summers 01-Nov-2018 Episode #645
What Does 'Existential' Mean?  31-Oct-2018  
'Sit' Versus 'Set'  25-Oct-2018 Episode #644
4 Freaky Words Based on Monster Names 25-Oct-2018  
Grammar Quirks: Alyssa Palombo on 'Intertwangling' 24-Oct-2018  
What is the Plural of 'Mouse'? ` 23-Oct-2018  
'A' Versus 'An' 19-Oct-2018  
What Does It Mean to Be 'In the Limelight'? 18-Oct-2018 Episode #643
Grammar Quirks: Will Schwalbe on the Word 'Unique' 18-Oct-2018  
Grammar Quirks: How Grammar Brought Two Writers Together 16-Oct-2018  
The Legacy of Schoolhouse Rock 16-Oct-2018  
Grammar Quirks: Paula Brackston on 'Moodling' 16-Oct-2018  
'In Regard To' vs. 'In Regards To' 11-Oct-2018 Episode #642
'Anumeric' People: What happens when a language has no words for numbers?  11-Oct-2018  
3 Ways to Craft a Strong Conclusion 11-Oct-2018  
'Beckon Call' or 'Beck and Call'?  10-Oct-2018  
Grammar Quirks: Marie Miranda Cruz on the Word 'Felicity' 10-Oct-2018  
Grammar Quirks: K Arsenault Rivera on Words About Love 9-Oct-2018  
Grammar Enthusiast June Casagrande on 'The Joy of Syntax' 9-Oct-2018  
How to Use 'Myself' and Other Reflexive Pronouns 4-Oct-2018 Episode #641
Why Do We 'Get the Skinny'? 4-Oct-2018  
Middle Voice Sentences 27-Sept-2018 Episode #640
Grammar Quirks: Tyler James Smith and His Quest to Rectify 'Elsehow' 27-Sept-2018  
How to Begin and End Paragraphs 20-Sept-2018 Episode #639
What Does it Mean to 'Fall Off the Turnip Truck'? 20-Sept-2018  
Grammar Quirks: Daniel Torday on Pronunciation Pet Peeves 18-Sept-2018  
Grammar Quirks: Lillian Li on the Word 'Segue' 17-Sept-2018  
'None Is' or 'None Are'? 13-Sept-2018 Episode #638
8 Words to Spice Up Your Talk Like a Pirate Day 13-Sept-2018  
How to Use Semicolons 11-Sept-2018  
What Does 'MacGyver' Mean? 7-Sept-2018 Episode #637
Grammar Quirks: Courtney Summers on the Word 'Loveology'  4-Sept-2018  
Can Versus May 31-Aug-2018  
Why Do We Say 'to Boot'?  30-Aug-2018 Episode #636
'Duct Tape' or 'Duck Tape'?  30-Aug-2018  
Grammar Quirks: Michael Donker on the Word 'Authenticity'  28-Aug-2018  
The Difference Between 'Gray' and 'Grey'  27-Aug-2018  
Why 'Quick and Dirty' Tips? 24-Aug-2018 Episode #635
How Long Should a Subject Be in a Sentence?  23-Aug-2018  
'Momentarily' or 'In a Moment'?  23-Aug-2018  
Grammar Quirks: Wendy Walker on the Word 'Literally' 22-Aug-2018  
Grammar Quirks: Rachel Heng on the Word 'Faff' 20-Aug-2018  
'Rack' or 'Wrack'?  16-Aug-2018 Episode #634
Grammar Quirks: Sandie Jones on the Word 'Whoops-a-Daisy' 15-Aug-2018  
Facinating Words for Color (and the Battle of Magenta) 14-Aug-2018 Bonus
'Facetious,' 'Sarcastic,' or 'Sardonic'?  9-Aug-2018 Episode #633
What Are Cleft Sentences and Are They Contagious? 9-Aug-2018  
Grammar Quirks: Cherise Wolas on Cauliflowers and Cacaphony 7-Aug-2018  
Can 'Ask' Be a Noun? 2-Aug-2018 Episode #632
Are Ships, Cars, and Nations Always Called 'She'? 2-Aug-2018  
Is 'Conversate' a Word?  27-Jul-2018  
How to Write About Anniveraries 26-Jul-2018 Episode #631
The College Student's Guide to In-Text Citations 25-Jul-2018  
Who Made the Alphabet Song? 19-Jul-2018 Episode #630
6 Strange Sayings About Sharks 19-Jul-2018  
'Gourmet' or 'Gourmand'? 12-Jul-2018 Episode #629
Why People Say 'Pardon My French' 12-Jul-2018  
What Is the Bag-Beg Merger? 5-Jul-2018 Episode #628
Norweigians using 'Texas' to mean 'crazy' actually isn't so crazy 5-Jul-2018  
'Interment' or 'Internment'? 5-Jul-2018  
Grammar Quirks with Author Ali Land  2-Jul-2018  
'Kinda,' 'Wanna,' and 'Gonna': Real Words or Not?  28-Jun-2018 Episode #627
'Aggravate' or 'Irritate'? 25-Jun-2018  
Can 'Invite' Be a Noun? 21-Jun-2018 Episode #626
Grammar Quirks with Author Steve Cavanagh 15-Jun-2018  
How to Write a Thank-You Note 15-Jun-2018 Episode #625
5 Tips for Surviving Summer Reading Assignments 15-Jun-2018  
'Dinner' or 'Supper'? 15-Jun-2018  
What Is A Cipher? 8-Jun-2018  
Why Is It Called a 'Spelling Bee'? 8-Jun-2018 Episode #624
Grammar Quirks with Author Kathleen Rooney 8-Jun-2018  
'Trouper' or 'Trooper'? 8-Jun-2018  
The History and Glory of the Spelling Bee 1-Jun-2018 Episode #623
Fascinating Words for Colors (and the Battle of Magenta) 1-Jun-2018  
'Calvary' and 'Cavalry' 1-Jun-2018  
Is A Troop One Person or a Group? 25-May-2018 Episode #622
When to Capitalize Article Names (Such as "the") in Publication Names 25-May-2018  
'It Is What It Is' and Other Tautologies 25-May-2018  
The Weird History of Three Oxymorons: Spendthrift, Fail-Safe, and Bridegroom 18-May-2018 Episode #621
Direct and Indirect Quotations 18-May-2018  
'Council' or 'Counsel'? 18-May-2018  
When to Capitalize ‘Mom’ and Other Nicknames and Terms of Endearment 11-May-2018 Episode #620
What Does 'In the Doldrums' Mean? 11-May-2018  
Real-Life Mixed Metaphors 4-May-2018 Episode #619
'Co-Worker' or 'Coworker' 4-May-2018  
'Baldfaced Lie' or 'Barefaced Lie' 4-May-2018  
Say Your Piece (or Hold Your Peace) 27-Apr-2018 Episode #618
Are Sports Teams like ‘Jazz’ and ‘Magic’ Singular or Plural? 27-Apr-2018  
How to Write a Standout Cover Letter in 5 Steps 27-Apr-2018  
'Lay' Versus 'Lie' 20-Apr-2018 Episode #617
'Grille' or 'Grille'? 20-Apr-2018  
Why Do People Say 'Warsh' Instead of 'Wash'? 20-Apr-2018  
Excerpt: 'The Prodigal Tongue' 13-Apr-2018 Episode #616
'Odorous,' 'Odious,' 'Malodorous,' and 'Odoriferous' 13-Apr-2018  
What Is a 'Battle Royale'? 13-Apr-2018  
Does an Adverb Modify Everything that Follows It? 6-Apr-2018 Episode #615
'Noisy' or 'Noisome'? 6-Apr-2018  
What Does it Mean to 'Have the Receipts'? 6-Apr-2018  
What is a Case Quarter? 6-Apr-2018  
What's It Called When You Refer to Yourself By Name? 30-Mar-2018 Episode #614
The Difference Between ‘Disinformation’ and ‘Misinformation’ 30-Mar-2018  
‘Named For,’ ‘Named After,’ and ‘Namesake’ 30-Mar-2018  
Dictionary.com Starts Defining Emoji 23-Mar-2018 Episode #613
'Awe' or 'Aw' 23-Mar-2018  
Parts of Speech 23-Mar-2018  
3 Tips for Students to Strengthen Their Writing This Semester 23-Mar-2018  
Do 'Pin' and 'Pen' Sound Alike to You? 16-Mar-2018 Episode #612
'Half Staff' or 'Half Mast' 16-Mar-2018  
'American' and Other Demonyms 16-Mar-2018  
Origin: The Proof Is in the Pudding 9-Mar-2018 Episode #611
Expletive Sentences: Should You Start with 'There Is' or 'There Are'? 9-Mar-2018  
Top 10 Grammar Myths 2-Mar-2018 Episode #610
Poodle, Dachshund, Terrier, and More: How 13 Dog Breeds Got Their Names 2-Mar-2018  
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  
'Call in Sick' or 'Call out Sick'? 7-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  
Inuit 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' Versus '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' Versus '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
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 20-Oct-09  
'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
Grammar Style Issues 08-Sep-06 Episode #011

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