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In this interview, I talked with Jorjeana Marie, actor, narrator, stand-up comedian, and the author of "Improv for Writers." We talked about: What is improv? How can improv help writers? (And no, you don't actually have to get up on stage.) What is the "yes, and"...
- December 09, 2019
Spending time with family is a big part of the holidays, and thinking about family reminded me of a few tricky little quirks of family names and family words that can confuse people. So today I’ll tell you how to make family names plural (even those that end in “x,...
- December 05, 2019
The students in my class were arguing a question of semantics: is a hamburger a sandwich? One student noted that the menu designer at the restaurant where she worked couldn’t decide if a chicken burger should be listed under Hamburgers or Sandwiches. Another student invoked the USDA’s...
- December 03, 2019
I recently got a listener question about "more than" and "over": ”Hi, Mignon. My name is Andrea. About 20 years ago, my husband Brian and I were working as reporters at a local newspaper. For the style guide they were very specific when talking about an amount of money...
- December 02, 2019
In this interview, I talked with Diana M. Pho, a two-time Hugo nominated editor at Tor.com Publishing. We talked about: The concept of sensitivity readers and how using them isn't that different from what authors have been doing on their own for years. How using a sensitivity reader can...
- November 25, 2019
When the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations was first published in 1941, it all seemed so simple. It was taken for granted that a quotation was a familiar line from a great poet or a famous figure in history, and the source could easily be found in standard literary works or history books....
- November 21, 2019
A listener named Edwin called in with this question:  At the beginning of the words like "scent" and “science," which letter is actually the silent letter? I want to say it's a C, but I know in “science” the C at the end of that also sounds like S. The...
- November 21, 2019
In this interview with Kat Brzozowski, a senior editor at Swoon Reads, we got excited about National Novel Writing Month (November) and all the interesting behind-the-scenes activities at a publishing enterprise such as Swoon Reads. We talked about: How Swoon Reads lets authors...
- November 18, 2019
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

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