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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
What’s the Trouble with 'Hopefully'? For centuries, the word “hopefully” meant “in a hopeful manner.” For example, the Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson wrote in his essay “El Dorado,” “To travel hopefully is a better thing than to...
- September 30, 2019
A listener named Milton asked why Australians use the present perfect tense for the past tense. For example, he said Australians would say, “He has skulked,” instead of “He skulked.” That’s the present perfect tense: the verb “has” or “have”...
- September 30, 2019
Writing a research paper is a daunting task, and the stakes can be high if a big part of your semester grade is counting on this assignment. Writing a research paper, however, doesn’t have to be a stress-inducing endeavor. If you take the time to select the right topic, take sufficient notes...
- September 27, 2019
September 29 is National Coffee Day. So raise your mug and take a sip because today we’re looking at some of the weird words we use to talk about coffee. ‘Coffee’ Comes From the Turkish Word ‘Kahveh’ Let’s start with the word “coffee” itself. It...
- September 26, 2019
We’re now solidly into fall, and in the western United States, where I live, we’ve had horrible smoky summers for the last few years because of forest fires. But this year wasn’t so bad, and I’m feeling a little less worried now that the temperatures are getting colder. And...
- September 26, 2019
In this interview with Jonathan Small, long-time magazine writer and editor and the creator and host of the Write About Now podcast, we talked about how to conduct an interview, the secret structure that helps you write a great story (including a great lede), and digital and physical tools that...
- September 23, 2019
Keep Your Home Allergy-Free A good first step when battling allergy symptoms is to make sure you're living and working in a non-allergenic environment. There are many things that can aggravate your respiratory system, including cigarette smoke, dust, animal dander, grass cuttings, and smog....
- September 20, 2019
Have you ever sighed over the fact that there are two words in English pronounced “AYT” — yet one of them is spelled A-T-E, while the other is spelled E-I-G-H-T? Have you ever rolled your eyes because “though” and “through” are spelled almost exactly the...
- September 19, 2019
Mr. Mustin, an English teacher from South Carolina, asked why we describe something as a “watershed moment,” and I realized I didn’t know.  Great question! Here’s what I found: “Watershed” originated as a term that describes the landscape, but it has...
- September 17, 2019

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