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We come to you in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. One of the symptoms of COVID-19 is a fever, and that got us thinking about the word “fever” and the different phrases that use it.  After a bit of noodling around, here’s what we learned. The Origin of the Word...
- April 24, 2020
Last week, I got this question from Jessica in East Harlem:   "My mother texted me asking if I was overwhelmed and pondered in the same text ‘why can you be overwhelmed, but not whelmed?’ So I looked it up and found that ‘whelmed’ actually is a word....
- April 23, 2020
Grammar Girl: What’s your favorite word and why? Ilana C. Myer: I gravitate to words that are small and packed with meaning. Words with layers of history under the silt. That means, of course, that I have many favorite words—I could never choose just one. [block:qdt_book=qdt_book] I...
- April 22, 2020
Grammar Girl: What’s your favorite word and why? Jessica Pennington: Maybe it’s because even through childhood I was a middle-aged librarian in a child’s body, but I’ve always loved old-timey words, and "kerfuffle" is one of my favorites. It’s actually...
- April 21, 2020
Today is World Semicolon Day, which encourages people to continue living when they are considering suicide. According to Project Semicolon, "a semicolon is used when an author could've chosen to end their sentence, but chose not to. The author is you and the sentence is your life...
- April 16, 2020
Odds are good that you've seen this riddle on social media lately. One rabbit saw six elephants while going to the river. Every elephant saw two monkeys going towards the river. Every monkey holds one parrot in their hands. How many animals are going towards the river? You've probably...
- April 15, 2020
Scrabble Coffee Mug C for "coffee," anyone? Other letters are also available, meaning this could be a great personalized gift.   via Amazon Letter Tile Needle Minder A cute little personalized gift for your favorite person who likes to sew or do embroidery. via Etsy Wall...
- April 13, 2020
When you first get an assignment for a big writing project, you may not be sure what the project requires and if you have the tools to stay motivated. The key to victory is creating a game plan to help you stay focused on the goal—successfully completing your assignment. Don’t let an...
- April 13, 2020
Last week, a reader named Brad wrote to me and said, "Recently, I've been seeing lots of "flaunt" in place of "flout" (as in, disobeying rules to shelter-in-place, etc.), so I naturally thought of Grammar Girl. Then I turned to Merriam-Webster, and discovered that one...
- April 09, 2020
I’ve been hearing the phrase “band together” a bit more lately because some people are banding together to do good deeds even if they have to do it virtually or at a distance. And Allie from New Jersey also asked a long time ago whether the correct phrase is “ban...
- April 09, 2020
Grammar Girl: What’s your favorite word and why? Scott Oden: One of my all time favorites is “stygian."  As far as color descriptors go, you can’t really get more atmospheric than that.  It calls to mind sorcery and secrets better left to the void. GG: What’...
- April 06, 2020
One of our listeners wrote in to say that he’d been seeing this phrase misspelled quite a lot, as M-A-R-S-H-A-L-L law. It should be spelled M-A-R-T-I-A-L — as in, related to war, warriors, or the military. The word comes from the medieval Latin “martialis,” meaning...
- April 02, 2020
  If you had to deliver a speech, would you knowingly choose the wrong title, bury your point, or say things that would get yourself in trouble with your colleagues and bosses? Of course not. But many of us unconsciously do these things while writing work emails all the time. That'...
- April 02, 2020
My family loves basketball, and from my name, you may have guessed that I have some Irish heritage, so I grew up hearing about Boston’s team, the Celtics. That’s spelled with a C, but I also know many academics refer to the language as “Keltic” (which can be spelled with a...
- April 02, 2020
  Many parts of the world are moving from standard time to daylight saving time (also called summer time) this week, so I thought it would be a good time to talk about the phrase “daylight saving time” and time in general. I still have to think of the mnemonic “spring...
- April 02, 2020

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