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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
Most of you probably have a basic understanding of the Easter and Passover holidays, but I’ll give you a quick summary before we get to the language part. Easter is a Christian holiday that celebrates the day that Jesus, known as the son of God in the Christian faith, was said to be...
- April 21, 2019
April 26 is the release date for “Avengers: Endgame,” which wraps up a 22-movie story arc in the Marvel cinematic universe. The film that started it all, “Iron Man,” was released in 2008. Since then, Marvel has released 21 separate movies, all with distinct but...
- April 18, 2019
Looking to strengthen your writing and grammar skills? Keep reading to learn three easy ways to improve your grammar. 1. Set aside time to review the basics It has likely been some time since you took a class that covered punctuation, verb tenses, and the other basic rules that compose English...
- April 18, 2019
1. Brussels Sprouts The ancestors of modern day Brussels sprouts were likely first cultivated in ancient Rome, not Brussels. Although the first written record of these miniature, cabbage-like vegetables came in 1587, present day varieties are thought to have been growing in Belgium’s capital...
- April 15, 2019
Christians, Jews, and Muslims will all be celebrating religious holidays in the coming weeks, so it seems like a good time to answer questions about religious words. Do You Capitalize the Word ‘God’? [block:qdt_book=qdt_book] One of the most common questions people ask about...
- April 11, 2019
April 15 is almost here. For listeners in most of the world, it’ll be just another day. But for those of us in the U.S., April 15 is tax day.  So, today we’re going to talk about the various words we use for taxes and money. There are a lot of them. The Origin of the Word...
- April 11, 2019
Grammar Girl: What’s your favorite word and why? Rachel Howzell Hall:  "Discombobulated." It sounds just how it looks—you think it’s going one way with ‘dis’ and then it zigs over to five more syllables. It’s all over the place and in my life...
- April 09, 2019
Today’s episode of Grammar Girl is about something special. I’m sharing a preview of a Stitcher Original Podcast called LeVar Burton Reads, hosted by none other than legendary storyteller LeVar Burton. If you love words and language, there’s a good chance you love a good story....
- April 08, 2019
This week marks the first episode in the final season of “Game of Thrones." There’s so much excitement about the finale that we just had to include a segment about on it this week’s show. Not just because we love dragons and swords—we do! — but because a core part...
- April 04, 2019
A listener named Daphne sent us this sentence from an online news story about package thieves: "Noel Rivera gets a notification on his phone anytime someone comes to his front door, but early in December, in the middle of the day, he witnessed two women walk up to his porch and nab his four-...
- April 01, 2019
Jennifer Miller frequently writes for the "New York Times" style section and has also written novels, but for "Mr. Nice Guy," she teamed up with her husband, Jason Fiefer, who is the editor-in-chief of "Entrepreneur Magazine." The novel draws on both authors'...
- March 21, 2019
Have you ever wondered why the British spell “color” with a “u” and Americans don’t? Or why the British spell “theater” with an “re” at the end and Americans spell it with an “er” at the end? We all know that these spelling...
- March 18, 2019
Irish Came from Celtic Irish is derived from Celtic, an ancient language spoken by an Indo-European people who flourished in central Europe between the 2nd millennium BC and the 1st century BC. They were said to be intrepid warriors, and by the 1st century BC, they had moved south into Italy;...
- March 14, 2019

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