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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
In this interview with Lauren Shippen, creator of "The Bright Sessions" podcast, we talk about how she wrote the novel "The Infinite Noise" that goes more deeply into the lives of two characters from the podcast: Caleb and Adam.  [block:qdt_book=qdt_book] We also talked...
- October 10, 2019
Grammar Girl: What’s your favorite word and why? Julia Armfield: It changes a lot but possibly “schism” because it sounds like ice in a glass. GG: What’s a word you dislike (either because it’s overused or misused) and why? [block:qdt_book=qdt_book] JA: I can...
- October 09, 2019
A couple of weeks ago when I did the show on Esperanto, I mentioned that Dr. Zamenhof wrote a primer for his new international language, and a listener named Richard wrote in to suggest that I should have pronounced that word “primer,” and he was right. I was not aware of the difference...
- October 08, 2019
Today we’ll be exploring how to acquire new skills. Grandma Cuddles has a superpower. Not only does she run the meanest, leanest day care center in the greater Metro area, but she’s also a superlearner. When she decides it’s time to master a new skill, she does it quickly, and...
- October 07, 2019
A member of our Facebook Grammar Girl group recently wrote in with a question about plurals. He was wondering if we knew why the plurals of some words that end with the letter "y" take an “-s,” whereas others take an “-ies.”  Rich, we have an answer for you....
- October 07, 2019
  Fall officially starts Monday, September 23, this year in the northern hemisphere, but Starbucks doesn't care; the Pumpkin Spice Latte—a hallmark of fall—has been available for weeks. All the excitement online got me thinking about seasons and why this one...
- October 01, 2019

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