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Grammar Girl here, and today I’m going to tell you where it’s at! 'Where It's At' Just kidding. I used the phrase “Where it’s at” in an episode a few years ago, and a listener called me on it. How embarrassing, given that I always give the same advice...
- November 26, 2020
A listener named Barbara wrote in wondering about the phrase “how come.” She wrote: The other day I was formulating a question for a Google search in my mind and started out with the phrase "How come...." I then quickly realized that I should probably use the word "Why...
- November 25, 2020
Take a moment to consider the importance of your opening sentences. After all, if the first few lines in this post don’t grab your attention, you’ll probably ‘X’ right out of it without another thought — right? The same goes for books. The first few pages of a book...
- November 19, 2020
When you're rolling on the floor laughing, describe the joke as hilarious, not hysterical.  ‘Hilarious’ “Hilarious” means roughly "super funny"; it comes from a Greek word meaning "cheerful."  Pandas are hilarious. I love to watch videos...
- November 19, 2020
“How do you choose their names?” a young writer recently asked me, referring to the host of characters populating my historical novel "Murder in Old Bombay," to be published shortly by Macmillan Publishers. That got me thinking about names. [block:qdt_book=qdt_book] Names...
- November 13, 2020
Last week, I had to remind myself of the difference between the words “continuously” and “continually” when I was writing about the word “chronic” because it has the same root as the word “crony.” Is a chronic disease something that is with you...
- November 12, 2020
In the United States, we’re celebrating Veterans Day next week. It’s a holiday commemorating the end of World War I in 1918, but the name of the holiday brings up a common question: Do we need an apostrophe in the word “Veterans”? The short answer is no, because the U.S....
- November 06, 2020
You know how words start to sound weird to you? Like you start doubting yourself and start thinking, “Is that even a word?” Well, I’ve been hearing the word “crony” a lot lately, and it started to sound weird to me; so out of curiosity, I looked it up and thought it...
- November 05, 2020
Last week, when I was writing about whether you should use italics or quotation marks for internal dialogue, I was reminded that people sometimes aren’t sure how to spell the word. Is it D-I-A-L-O-G-U-E  or simply D-I-A-L-O-G? I see both, and I even had a writer alternate between...
- October 29, 2020
Grammar Girl: What’s your favorite word and why? Sara Larson: I love so many words, it’s impossible to choose only one! One of my favorites is "susurration." I adore the way it sounds, and the meaning is just as lovely: whispering, murmuring, or rustling. [block:qdt_book=...
- October 27, 2020
Grammar Girl: What’s your favorite word and why? Shannon Price: "Livid." I love words that sound like what they mean. The hard stop at the end makes it feel menacing, no matter how hard you try to overpower it with a cheery tone. [block:qdt_book=qdt_book] GG: What’s a...
- October 27, 2020
Do you ever stop and wonder why we say the things that we do? [block:qdt_book=qdt_book] With Halloween fast approaching that means its time to bust out one of my favorite movies—"Hocus Pocus"! When I was growing up, we had a tradition of going trick-or-treating (nearly always in...
- October 26, 2020
Let’s say you’ve finally got some time to yourself. Now you’re choosing between two books for your next read: The first recounts a throne succession with a standard murder mystery plot.  The second stars a young, hesitant prince who struggles to know whether he should...
- October 22, 2020
The hardest part about deciding how to format this internal dialogue is that there is no definitive answer. It’s a style choice, and you will find different credible websites that make different recommendations, sometimes in very strong tones.  One site will clearly state that you...
- October 22, 2020
Newspaper journalists have no time to waste. They have to get quotes from motor-mouthed politicians and deal with looming deadlines. They have to get the story quickly—and correctly.  That has been the industry mantra for more than a century—long before the internet turned the...
- October 15, 2020

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