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When I received the copyedited manuscript of my novel, "Pigs," I was dismayed. "I know how to write," I thought. "I know I do." But, suddenly, faced with all those queries, I wasn’t so sure. I went through the pages, my heart sinking as I realized that...
- May 15, 2019
Everyday Einstein | Making a Career of Combining Art and Science The gorgeous space images NASA shares combine science with the art of data visualization. Everyday Einstein chatted with Dr. Robert Hurt to learn how he made a career of bringing celestial objects to life visually. Get-Fit Guy...
- May 13, 2019
May 16 brings the final episode of “The Big Bang Theory,” one of TV’s most popular comedies. The show started in 2007 and has run for 12 seasons. The May 16 series finale will mark the show’s 279th episode, making it the longest-running multi-camera sitcom on American TV....
- May 10, 2019
Do you have trouble spelling the word “dilemma”? I’m nearly certain I was taught the wrong spelling in school, and when I got older and checked a dictionary, I was shocked to find that the word is spelled "dilemma." Further, the only correct spelling is...
- May 09, 2019
I’m sometimes fascinated to discover common words whose origins are not precisely what I had assumed. One of them, in particular, always puts me in mind of a favorite quotation from "The Princess Bride": “You keep using that word, but I do not think it means what you...
- May 07, 2019
Around this time of year—as new college graduates are hitting the cold reality of the working world—I start getting questions about how to find work as a writer. How did I get started? What advice can I share? When I got my undergraduate degree in English, I had no idea how to get a...
- May 06, 2019
May 5 is Cinco de Mayo, a holiday that celebrates the Mexican army’s victory over French forces in The Battle of Puebla in 1862. The battle was one event in a three-year war between France and Mexico. Although it culminated in France taking control of the country and installing a French...
- May 02, 2019
This Saturday is the Kentucky Derby, which is considered the biggest horse racing event of the year in the United States. Twenty three-year-old thoroughbreds will race around a dirt track that’s one-and-a-quarter miles long. The race lasts only two minutes, but the winner will take home a...
- May 02, 2019
Listener Question: "The question I had is when you speak about a quote. It almost sounds to me like you're saying ‘un-quote’ at the end of it. I'm hoping that you're saying ‘end quote,’ but it's just been bugging me, so I had to call you and say please...
- May 02, 2019
Throughout the 1920s, the public was fascinated, if a bit confused, by the slang that was steadily seeping into the American parlance from all directions. In newspapers across the country,  commentators wrote hundreds of articles and editorials seeking to enlighten readers about the meaning of...
- April 30, 2019
Today’s question comes from Matt Mullan, a teacher I met a few years ago at the National Council for Teachers of English convention. He writes, “I struggle to provide students with any explanation for the difference between ‘so’ used as a coordinating conjunction and ‘...
- April 29, 2019
A listener named Salomé from Santa Clara, California, wrote,  “I have a question regarding the word ‘sneaked’ versus ‘snuck.’ I religiously hammer into my students’ heads that ‘snuck’ is not a word, but I hear it used all the time (in public...
- April 25, 2019
Two of our listeners wrote in recently to ask about a speech pattern they’d noticed: the habit of people dropping the T-sound in words like “Putin” or “mitten.” They wondered if this was a regional dialect, a generational one, or something else. Here’s what we...
- April 25, 2019
Like many people, I first encountered dialogue set off with em-dashes (sometimes called quotation dashes) by reading James Joyce’s "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man." I was a teenager at the time, and impressionable. Certainly, this way of styling dialogue was new to me,...
- April 23, 2019
You may remember my chat with Jane Solomon about a year ago when we talked about how Dictionary.com had started defining emoji. Well, she’s back today to talk about her new children’s book, "The Dictionary of Difficult Words."  We talked about the long history of "...
- April 22, 2019

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