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  Grammar Girl here. Today I'm going to play two listener comments that will lead us to a discussion of wordiness and idioms. Wordiness First, here's Tod in Canada from the todbits.com website: Can you help me correct people? Everyone that I know seems to not be able to [not]...
- November 14, 2008
  Today’s topic is “cement” versus “concrete.” Accuracy is important. You might think concrete and cement are interchangeable, but you'll quickly find that you're mistaken when some guy at Home Depot rolls his eyes at you when you ask for the...
- November 07, 2008
I received an interesting question recently about tipping at a restaurant, so I've got some tips on tipping and even an insider's perspective on how your tip is received. Listener Kristin writes: Hi Modern Manners Guy, What is the real way to determine the tip at a restaurant? I was a...
- November 03, 2008
I'd like to make sure you know who I want you to vote for in this election. "Which election?" you ask. Talk Softly I mentioned something about an election, but you're probably not interested in my opinion anyway, right? You don't listen to this podcast for political...
- October 27, 2008
You may remember that a few weeks back we discussed briefly the travails of dining with a good friend from the city of poor table manners. In that situation, I advised that it is best to "let it go"; a good friend is worth his or her weight in lousy etiquette. The person that our writer...
- October 20, 2008
My mother-in-law, Maria, lives in Central America, but right now she’s visiting with us. As much I enjoy having her here, we always tend to have difficulties communicating. Here's an example conversation between us: Me: Hey, want something to eat? Her: Oh, good morning. How did...
- October 17, 2008
  Today’s topic is appositives.  Guest-writer Bonnie Trenga writes, Today, we have to decide whether information is essential or extra because if it’s extra, we’ll need some extra commas. The concept I’m referring to is called an appositive. A listener,...
- October 17, 2008
We talked recently about having a “yes face,” but what if you just need to say no? I recently received an email from a listener who was curious about just such a question. Our listener says -- I have trouble saying no sometimes. I would prefer not to lend out books or other items, but...
- October 13, 2008
Today, Bonnie Trenga helps us understand modifiers that come at the beginning of a sentence. Today, I plan to talk about two kinds of troublesome modifiers that begin a sentence. Like many of you, Suzanne wants to know if it’s OK to start a sentence with an “as” phrase, as in the...
- October 10, 2008
  Hi there, The Digital Marketer here, ready to help you put the power of the Internet and technology to work for your business. As they say: "Time is Money." And with that in mind, today I'm going to talk about free online sites and applications that can help you schedule and...
- October 09, 2008
People need assistance on a daily basis but many times are uncomfortable asking for help. It could be fear that hinders them or just the thought that they might be able to overcome through stick-to-it-tiveness. Today, I'll help you become someone who is not only interested in helping others but...
- October 06, 2008
Hey gang, this week picks up from last week's episode, where we talked about How to Write a Speech, Part I. We were talking about how difficult and time consuming it can be to develop an interesting and engaging speech. That’s why I created a quick and dirty six-step speech creation...
- October 03, 2008
We've received several requests to address Latin plurals, so today we're going to tackle a tricky one. A listener called with this request: Hi, Grammar Girl. This is Adam from Peoria. I was wondering if you could go over the usage of the word data, as in The data are correct or The...
- October 03, 2008
Hello, friends. I'm so glad you could find the time to join me here today. <Cue: smacking noises> I'm kind of in a rush today, so I'm hoping that you don't mind if I grab a bite to eat while I record this. Oh, wait, of course you do, because it's disgusting -- but would...
- September 29, 2008
Have you ever been face to face with a blank piece of paper? Stressing out because the clock is ticking closer and closer to your presentation deadline … wondering when all your creative juices are going to kick in? You’re not alone. Creating an engaging and interesting speech...
- September 26, 2008

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