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When I was in second grade, I lost a spelling bee because I misspelled the word “its.” I put an apostrophe in when I shouldn't have, and it was a traumatic moment in my young life. But I think this lesson is burned into my mind precisely because of my past misdeeds, and...
- August 08, 2019
This is one of a few questions I got about mondegreens after I mentioned them in a recent episode about the poop emoji. “Hi, Mignon. This is J.T. Morris from Evergreen, Texas. I'm a huge fan of Grammar Girl, and I just listened to the episode today in which you had a segment about an...
- August 05, 2019
Late July and early August are the height of vacation season in the United States. Highways are jammed, pools are packed, and campgrounds at capacity. With that in mind, let’s talk about the word “vacation” and other ways to talk about taking time off. The Word 'Vacation...
- August 01, 2019
Here's an interesting question from a Grammar Girl podcast listener: “Hey, Grammar Girl. I have what I think is a familect story, but it could be just a local idiom. I'm not really sure at this point. I grew up in Eastern Ohio where we have a really odd dialect, but my family growing...
- August 01, 2019
Today, I have an interview with Cecelia Watson, author of a new book I absolutely loved called “Semicolon: The Past, Present,  and Future of a Misunderstood Mark.” Cecelia also teaches writing and humanities at Bard College in New York. We talked about how grammar writers in the...
- July 29, 2019
If you watched the children’s program Sesame Street growing up, you probably recognized the little bit I sang earlier. “Phenomenon, do do do do do.” Well, it turns out, I was remembering it wrong. In my memory, they were saying “phenomena,” but when I watched the clip...
- July 28, 2019
One of our listeners recently wrote in to ask why some types of alcohol are known as “hard” alcohol. Aren’t all liquids soft, not hard? We looked into this question, which led us to exploring some other interesting words for alcohol. Here’s what we found. Why Is Alcohol...
- July 25, 2019
Sometimes listeners tell me that when they talk to other people and use standard English grammar, they’re perceived as stuck up or pretentious. But if they know the difference between “who” and “whom,” for example, why should we pretend not to know? Why should we have...
- July 18, 2019
I’ve talked on previous podcasts about idioms that use the word blue. We talked about blue bloods, the blue moon, and blue laws, just to name a few. Today, I’m going to share a few more.  First up is “blue collar.”  What Does ‘Blue Collar’ Mean? This...
- July 15, 2019
Here’s a voicemail question that made me laugh: “Hi. I just got a text message that said, 'Holy ___,' and it had the poop emoticon, and 'holy' was spelled 'WHOLLY.' And the person who sent it to me, I know English isn't his first language. So I was gonna...
- July 11, 2019
Tense is almost always an issue and this is sad. Here is a tissue. What tense should you write in? The answer is mystifying but it can be absorbed, I promise. Be flexible: You should always write in the past tense when you are speaking of a historical event, that's obvious. ...
- July 11, 2019
Can you believe that it has been two years and 100 episodes since the former Get-Fit Guy, Ben Greenfield, handed me the keys to this fitness kingdom? It’s true. What’s the old saying: time flies when you are on a treadmill? No, that can’t be right. Anyway, in those two years, 100...
- July 09, 2019
A few episodes ago, I talked about why the T sound sometimes seems to be missing from words like “kitten” or “button.” The answer was that in those words, many speakers use a sound known as a glottal stop. If you listened to that episode, you might remember that a glottal...
- July 08, 2019
A few months ago in a Slack channel for podcasters, one of my friends posted a grammar gripe. He wrote,  This grammar pet peeve has been bugging me a lot lately because I've seen it used in very prominent places: "all of a sudden …”  It's supposed to be "...
- July 04, 2019
A listener named Paul posted this kindly worded comment on Facebook. He wrote, “Mignon, I love your podcast. I have listened to every single episode. I love your sense of humor, and I love your pleasant speaking voice – except for one thing. Would you please, please, pretty please with...
- July 01, 2019

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