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I know at some point I was told that the first pronunciation in the dictionary is the best one or the most common one—and maybe you were told this too—but I also remember hearing it isn’t true, so I did a little research. From what I can tell, it seems like this rule was more...
- March 12, 2020
Today’s episode of Grammar Girl is about something special. I’m sharing a preview of a Stitcher Original Podcast called LeVar Burton Reads, hosted by none other than legendary storyteller LeVar Burton. If you love words and language, there’s a good chance you love a good story....
- March 12, 2020
International Women’s Day is March 8. On this day, people around the world celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The first celebration was held in 1911, and the event was recognized by the United Nations starting in 1975. It’s a great time to...
- March 05, 2020
  All the little details of writing are difficult, and even published authors can struggle to get everything right. Thankfully, these writers have editors who clean up the writing to make authors look their best. Macmillan Publishers' editors ranked the most common errors they see, and...
- March 04, 2020
In college, not only are students expected to write at a higher level, they’re also asked to use different writing styles to accomplish various tasks. For one class, you may be asked to write a persuasive essay, while for another you might find yourself writing a long research paper complete...
- February 28, 2020
A friend on Twitter asked if we have ever done an episode on why you need the word “to” in phrases like “drive to work” but you don’t need it in phrases like “drive home.” He wrote, “I don’t know why the ‘to’ is in there, but it...
- February 20, 2020
It’s the end of February, which means Mardi Gras is almost here! When we think of Mardi Gras, we picture parties, parades, and beads. But did you ever wonder what “Mardi Gras” means? Mardi Gras Kicks Off Lent The first thing to know about Mardi Gras is that it kicks off the...
- February 20, 2020
Nowadays, you say the word "orc" and it immediately conjures an image based on your media experiences.  Perhaps you see the hulking green-skinned barbarians of "Warhammer" fame, or the misunderstood Noble Savages of "Elder Scrolls;" maybe your vision of the orc is...
- February 20, 2020
If you want to try something fun this Valentine’s Day, type “XOXO” into a Facebook comment. It’s shorthand for “hugs and kisses,” and the text becomes highlighted, and if you click on it, little animated hearts float up on the screen. But how did “XOXO...
- February 13, 2020
To talk about how we got the names of the days of the week, we have to go back in time—way back to 4000 BC, when the Babylonian civilization flourished in the Persian Gulf. Ancient Babylonians First Divided the Year Into Weeks of Seven Days Each Just as people have done throughout history,...
- February 06, 2020
Although the website for the American Kennel Club and dog-specific publications such as Bark magazine and Dogster seem to capitalize all the words in breed names, the Associated Press’s rule for dog (and cat) breeds is to capitalize the part of the name derived...
- February 02, 2020
You're about to hit send on your latest pitch, story or newsletter when you're stopped in your tracks. "Did I correctly use numbers in the headline?" "Did I misplace that semicolon?" No matter what you're writing, mistakes can hurt your credibility and block your...
- January 30, 2020
Many students dislike, or even fear, one or both sides of the peer review process. Some feel like they don’t get worthwhile feedback, while others may be afraid to come across as too harsh. However, there’s nothing to be afraid of—there are significant benefits both to reviewing...
- January 28, 2020
I’m going to make a lot of money, and I’ll hire someone to do all my writing for me.” That was the rationale offered by a student many years ago for why he should not have to take a required writing course. A snarky comment crossed my mind, but instead I mentioned to him that if...
- January 23, 2020
In the US, some states have caucuses instead of having people go to the polls to cast their votes to narrow down the field to just one political candidate for each party. At the caucuses, Republicans gather together and Democrats gather together and decide among themselves who the candidate will be...
- January 19, 2020

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