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I’ve been using the hashtag #StetWalk on Twitter and Instagram, and every time I do, someone asks what #StetWalk is, so here’s a quick explanation. It’s a hashtag that editors use to post pictures they took while they were out walking. Editors tend to be sedentary, and we can all...
- June 25, 2019
A listener named Hernán wrote that he was writing about Word documents and PDF documents or files. He said, “I am struggling to know the proper way to address the name of these items; is it ‘Word document’ or ‘word document’? Is it ‘.pdf’ document with a...
- June 24, 2019
Recently, readers wrote in to question why I capitalized "the" as part of the newspaper name in the sentence "Yesterday I read The New York Times." For example, Jim T. wrote, "According to the Chicago Manual of Style 8.170, 'When newspapers and periodicals are...
- June 20, 2019
A lot of people get confused about when to use hyphens when writing ages, and I think it’s because sometimes an age is a noun, sometimes an age is an adjective that comes before a noun and modifies it, and sometimes an age is an adjective that comes after a noun. When to Hyphenate Ages...
- June 13, 2019
Recently, one of our listeners wrote in with a question about the word “this”: “I have a question regarding the use of the word ‘this’ in regard to something that is not present. My husband gets irritated every time I say something like, ‘So I was listening to...
- June 13, 2019
Last week I had lunch with a friend who has a new book coming out. She’s at the stage where her publisher is copy editing her final manuscript, and she told me about a problem she’s been having that I think holds some valuable lessons. We’ll call my friend Helen. [block:qdt_book=...
- June 11, 2019
I've heard from a lot of you who have pet peeves about different wordy phrases, and it's a lot of fun to hear what gets under people's skin and why.  Here's one example from Lara in New York: One that has always bugged me is “I'm writing to tell you that....
- June 10, 2019
The Tony Awards are coming up this Sunday. That’s the annual ceremony that recognizes excellence in live Broadway theater. Last year, the winning play was “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”; the winning musical was “The Band’s Visit.” With that in mind, today...
- June 06, 2019
Think of the word “long.”  Now, think of the word “elongated.”  “Long” is within it, and the two words are pretty much synonymous.  Consider this, then: The word “elongated” is “long,” but longer. It’s been elongated...
- June 04, 2019
In April, Merriam-Webster added the word “cryptid” to its dictionary. And in May, “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” hits theaters. With those two events happening back-to-back, it seemed like a good time to talk about a few monster words and to answer an important question:...
- May 30, 2019
Grammar Girl is a show designed to make education accessible and entertaining. So today I wanted to share some information about a new podcast with a similar mission. It's called Science Rules! with Bill Nye. [block:qdt_book=qdt_book] You might know Bill Nye as the Science Guy the way you...
- May 27, 2019
Many writers and speakers toss quantities around with great imprecision. How many, though, is “many” authors and speakers? How great is “great imprecision”? In casual conversation we might toss around quantities with reckless abandon. Our intent might be to emphasize or de...
- May 20, 2019
In just a few weeks, classrooms across the country will let out for summer vacation. Students and parents are definitely ready for some much-needed fun in the sun, but before we hide those backpacks and other school reminders away for the next ten weeks, there's something important to keep on...
- May 19, 2019
IN THIS ARTICLE YOU'LL DISCOVER How the language you use can help to eleviate performance anxiety The case for pre-performance rituals A movement hack that can give your affirmations more impact   Listener Adeel from England wrote in to ask how he can perform better under...
- May 17, 2019
What Is a Participle? Before we talk about what it means to dangle a participle, we have to answer the question What is a participle? It’s a tough question because participles have a few different jobs. Today, we’re only going to talk about their job that makes them look like...
- May 16, 2019

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