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When people tell me their pet peeves, they often mention the phrase “could care less.” They claim it should be “couldn’t care less.”  “It’s illogical. If you could care less, you still care. Don’t people get it?” they say. Celebrities...
- January 16, 2020
Take a Pre-Slumber Soak Before you hit the sack, prepare a hot bath and soak for 10-15 minutes. Also try alternating hot and cold: Soak your legs in the bath for a few minutes, then remove them and place an ice pack on them. Go back to the bath, and continue the process a few times. See Also:...
- January 09, 2020
In this interview, I talked with Bourne Morris about starting a writing career after you've retired. Bourne is the author of four novels including her newest, "A Woman of Two Minds," which describes the fallout after a young woman gets a brain transplant from a powerful older woman...
- January 09, 2020
We'd like to believe that we make moral judgments based on rational thought, but the truth is that our moral thinking cannot escape our emotions. Let's take a look at how anxiety, empathy, anger, and disgust shape our moral thinking, and how we can harness these emotions for making better...
- December 27, 2019
Today we’ll explore how to create a great podcast, and what Grammar Girl and I have learned in our years of podcasting. My launch as the Get-it-Done Guy came about as a guest appearance hosting the Grammar Girl podcast. That was 12 years ago this week! As I prepare to turn over the reins of...
- December 23, 2019
In this interview, I talked with Joel Schwartzberg, author of "Get to the Point," a book about identifying your main point to give better talks, write better articles, and communicate better. We talked about: [block:qdt_book=qdt_book] The difference between having a point and...
- December 16, 2019
This fall saw the debut of the "Star Wars" series “The Mandalorian.” And in just a few days, “The Rise of Skywalker” hits the big screen.  With that in mind, today we’re going to talk about the languages spoken in the "Star Wars" universe....
- December 12, 2019
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

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