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Today I'm going to cover two short topics. So while I was home sick and listening to Undead and Unappreciated and Undead and Unpopular I had two happy little surprises when the main character asked the kind of questions that you listeners ask me. So to thank her for getting me through my...
- February 20, 2009
My husband was born and raised in Panama. Spanish, of course, is his first language. He came to the United States when he was in his 20s and has been living here ever since. He often says that he’s illiterate in two languages. Of course, he’s just kidding. He does,...
- February 13, 2009
  Today guest-writer Bonnie Trenga is going to tell us how one little comma can change the meaning of a sentence. Should we write, “He has the ball too” with no comma or “He has the ball, too”? Well, you can write the sentence either way. It’s up to you as...
- February 13, 2009
Today’s topic is when plurals have no singular. A listener named Brent called in with this question: "I have a question: how come pants, trousers, slacks, corduroys are all plurals even though there is only one of them?" Nouns are sociable. They like to be more than...
- February 06, 2009
Hey there! You’re listening to the Mighty Mommy with some quick and dirty tips for practical parenting. It was just about two years ago when I met Grammar Girl, Mignon Fogarty, and suggested that I might be able to do a podcast about parenting tips. She was and continues to be such an...
- January 30, 2009
Today's topic is the language of disability and disease. When I was a technical writer, questions came up all the time about how to write about people with medical conditions. So today, Bonnie Trenga will educate us. When tackling how to refer to people who have disabilities or who suffer from...
- January 30, 2009
Today's topic is how a verb and an adverb messed up the inauguration. Was There a Grammar Mistake in the Inauguration of President Obama? I took a break from work Tuesday to watch Barack Obama's inauguration, and like millions of other people, I saw a bit of confusion between Chief...
- January 23, 2009
Today's topic is nixing the horrid "of." How to Use the Word "Of" Almost everyone has a few bad writing habits. They're often the kind of thing experts or even your friends can point to and say "Yup, I know who wrote that." One of my bad habits is that I...
- January 16, 2009
Today's topic is dealing with a poorly-defined project. The quick and dirty tip is don’t commit when you don’t know what you’re committing to. If necessary, commit to figuring out your commitment. Listener Emma writes: I am starting in a new job in two weeks' time....
- January 13, 2009
This is the first installment of a two-part article covering 10 quick and dirty tips for acing your interview. How to Ace Your Interview When I talk with professional recruiters, the number one complaint they have is that too many people come unprepared to interviews. (Interestingly quite a...
- January 09, 2009
Today's topic is why grammar matters. One thing people said they wanted to hear more about in my print book is why grammar matters. I didn't think any of you would need convincing, but maybe you're looking for arguments to defend yourself against the people who say it doesn't...
- January 09, 2009
When is the last time you really tried hard to become the bane of someone's existence? Maybe you're not trying hard enough. Or maybe you have forwarded one too many emails in your time and you have a whole village somewhere with torches at the ready for the next time you send them...
- December 29, 2008
This is a podcast that talks about writing, but today we're going to turn that order around and talk about podcasting that writing of yours. Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, children’s stories or tales for adults, podcasting your work is a great way to share it with the...
- December 26, 2008
One episode just wasn't enough.  Here we are again for another round of financial manners in the workplace.  Lunch Time  You will probably be able to figure out where this is headed. So I'm not going to mince words. It is lunch time and you are starving, but...
- December 22, 2008
Hello, and welcome to a special joint episode of Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing and Legal Lad’s Quick and Dirty Tips for a More Lawful Life. Grammar Girl here. Today’s topic is illegal versus unlawful. Here's a question from Jed in Washington, D.C...
- December 19, 2008

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