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Five-time winner of Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards. Grammar Girl provides short, friendly tips to improve your writing and feed your love of the English language. Whether English is your first language or your second language, these grammar, punctuation, style, and business tips will make you a better and more successful writer. Grammar Girl is a Quick and Dirty Tips podcast.

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    • 4.5 • 2.7K Ratings

Five-time winner of Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards. Grammar Girl provides short, friendly tips to improve your writing and feed your love of the English language. Whether English is your first language or your second language, these grammar, punctuation, style, and business tips will make you a better and more successful writer. Grammar Girl is a Quick and Dirty Tips podcast.

    A Strange Use of 'Said.' Kith and Kin. New Scrabble Words!

    A Strange Use of 'Said.' Kith and Kin. New Scrabble Words!

    903. A listener heard some jargon, and then got annoyed by "said" jargon, so we explored why. Plus, who the heck are your kith? And finally, we got excited about the first new Scrabble words since 2018.

    • 12 min
    Why Today's 'Thank You' Is Different from an Ancient 'Thank You.' Gerunds.

    Why Today's 'Thank You' Is Different from an Ancient 'Thank You.' Gerunds.

    902. Language reflects culture, so it's no surprise that giving thanks hundreds of years ago was different from giving thanks today. We have the fascinating history. And then, since "Thanksgiving" is a gerund, we looked at all the interesting things you can do with gerunds in general.

    • 16 min
    WWII Words. A 'bit' of an Issue. Kleenex.

    WWII Words. A 'bit' of an Issue. Kleenex.

    901. WWII spawned a bunch of new words, including "boffin" and "bonkers." We'll look into the history of these fun words and more in honor of Veterans Day. Plus, we'll talk about why an Australian called her desk being on fire, "a bit of an issue."

    • 14 min
    The Medieval Origins of the @ Symbol. Hyphens in Dual-Heritage Terms. Pitch.

    The Medieval Origins of the @ Symbol. Hyphens in Dual-Heritage Terms. Pitch.

    900. The story of the @ symbol is much bigger than email. In fact, it was used for hundreds of years before being saved from obscurity by the invention of electronic communication. I explore the medieval origin story of @, plus share a bunch of fun names for it in other languages. Also, many style books recently removed the hyphen from dual-heritage terms like "Asian American," and I explain why in a segment that includes a tribute to former Los Angeles Times editor Henry Fuhrmann.

    • 14 min
    The Difference Between Magic and Magick. Some Fascinating Spooky Words. Holy Fagachi!

    The Difference Between Magic and Magick. Some Fascinating Spooky Words. Holy Fagachi!

    899. Believe it or not, "magick" isn't just a funky way of spelling "magic." The two spellings have different meanings. Plus, we look at the unusual origins of other cool words that make us think of Halloween: "haunt," "grave," "mesmerize," and "macabre."

    • 14 min
    Randall Munroe of xkcd: Language Chat and Weird Bee Laws.

    Randall Munroe of xkcd: Language Chat and Weird Bee Laws.

    898. Randall Munroe joined me this week to talk about his language-themed xkcd cartoons, his simple-language project Up Goer V, his biggest pet peeve, his favorite words, and his new book "What If? 2." But I have to confess that my favorite part was his tidbits about the bee laws.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

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2.7K Ratings

2.7K Ratings

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I don’t know what temp you like yours…

But I like my Mignon raw! I love the show however I have one small recommendation. Can you please change the name to Get ‘em Grammar Girl?! Holla!

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Great content but …

Great content but I’m unfollowing because of the number of ads.

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I love this podcast!

As a word nerd, this podcast is up there as one of my favorite! I love the short, poppy, quick tips and advice and the level of research you do to find answers and help us get clarity! Thank you so much for all you do and are!

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