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Today's topic is single quotation marks versus double quotation marks. How to Use Double Quotation Marks Most people think of double quotation marks as being for quotations, which they are, but they also have other legitimate uses. For example, double quotation marks are often used around the...
- November 15, 2019
One of our listeners wrote in recently to ask whether you capitalize the prefix “non” in the phrase “non-federal sponsors.” We replied that it depended on what her house style was for “federal.” If her company capitalized the word “federal,” then...
- November 14, 2019
A few days ago I used the phrase “filthy lucre,” and my husband looked at me like I was speaking a different language. It means something like “dirty money” or “an unclean gain.” I feel like I’ve used that phrase my whole life, but he’d never heard it...
- November 11, 2019
This sentence begins the best article you will ever read. Chances are you thought that last statement might be sarcasm. Sarcasm, as linguist Robert Gibbs noted, includes “words used to express something other than and especially the opposite of the literal meaning of a sentence.”...
- November 11, 2019
Grammar Girl: What’s your favorite word and why? Bourne Morris: My favorite word is “concision” although it is rarely used. It’s so much more concise than "conciseness." [block:qdt_book=qdt_book] GG: What’s a word you dislike (either because it’s...
- November 09, 2019
In this interview, I talked with Curtis Chen, author of "Waypoint Kangaroo," in which a superpowered secret agent faces his toughest mission yet: vacation. [block:qdt_book=qdt_book] We talked about: How Curtis used NaNoWriMo to help him get started on "Waypoint Kangaroo...
- November 04, 2019
If you’ve been following American politics for the last month or two, you are practically drowning in the phrase “quid pro quo,” and lots of people have been asking me about what it means and how to use it. Google Trends search results for "quid pro quo" in October...
- October 31, 2019
In this interview, Mignon Fogarty and Dave Itzkoff, New York Times culture writer, author of the book "Robin," and host of the new podcast "Knowing: Robin Williams," talked about: How Dave got the contract to write a book about Robin Williams How Dave dealt with people who...
- October 28, 2019
In 1886, a lexicographer named Walter Skeat first used the phrase “ghost words” to describe words that he said had “no real existence.” In other words, ghost words are words that weren’t real to begin with—they made it into the dictionary because of an...
- October 24, 2019
In this discussion, Mignon Fogarty and Jade Wu, host of the Savvy Psychologist podcast, discuss word aversion. Some of the points covered include: What are some of the most commonly hated words? Who is most likely to find certain words disgusting? How do researchers measure whether people...
- October 21, 2019
A listener named Luke asked me to write about the difference between the words “rebut” and “refute.” The Origins of 'Rebut' and 'Refute' “Rebut" came to English in the 1300s from an Old French word that meant “to thrust back.”...
- October 17, 2019
Writing essays is complicated work, and writing the ending to an essay is often the hardest part of that work. Endings are tough for several reasons. You may be tired from writing—or tired of what you have written. You may feel that you have made your point sufficiently and that no more needs...
- October 17, 2019
Grammar Girl: What’s your favorite word and why? Heather Morris:  "LOVE."  This one four-letter word embraces every aspect of my life. It allows me to express to my family and friends how I feel about them. It finds its way into so many of my conversations. I love food. I...
- October 15, 2019
Grammar Girl: What’s your favorite word and why? Augusten Burroughs: Maybe right here and now my favorite word is newfangled, which means “new” but requires seven more letters and two additional syllables to express exactly the same thing. "Newfangled" is Middle English...
- October 15, 2019
A listener named Katie wrote in with this question: How do you show possession to more than one noun? For example, would you say, “Tom and Jerry’s TV show” and “Ryan and my anniversary”? The latter looks so odd that I end up avoiding it entirely and going with a...
- October 14, 2019

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