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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 • 2.6K 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.

    'Ant' or 'Ahnt'? Capitalizing Cocktail Names. Archie Bunker.

    'Ant' or 'Ahnt'? Capitalizing Cocktail Names. Archie Bunker.

    What's up with the fancy-schmancy "ahnt" pronunciation of the word "aunt"? And why are the rules about capitalizing cocktail names so wonky? We have all the answers today!

    • 15 min
    The Many Meanings of 'Father.' How Watergate Changed English. Punim

    The Many Meanings of 'Father.' How Watergate Changed English. Punim

    "Father" as a word shows how we humans love to extend our metaphors. Did you know it was only relatively recently that priests were referred to as "father," for example? And then, for the 50th anniversary of the Watergate scandal, we look at the "-gate" suffix and what made it so successful that it has spread all over the world (even to non-English-speaking countries).

    • 19 min
    Demonyms: Why People from North Carolina Are Called Tar Heels. 'Healthy' Versus 'Healthful.' Sussies 3!

    Demonyms: Why People from North Carolina Are Called Tar Heels. 'Healthy' Versus 'Healthful.' Sussies 3!

    Are people from Liverpool really called "Liverpudlians"? Where does the name "Tar Heel" come from? We have the answers to some of the most interesting questions about demonyms: the names for people from specific places. Also, has anyone ever criticized you for using the word "healthy" instead of "healthful"? We explain why that happens. And finally, we've solved the mystery of "sussies."

    • 20 min
    Are Wisdom Teeth Smart? Capitalizing Degree Names. Sussies 2

    Are Wisdom Teeth Smart? Capitalizing Degree Names. Sussies 2

    This week, we look at what makes wisdom teeth so smart, how to properly write the name of your degree, and what's up with the "sussies" familect?

    • 15 min
    Whatever Happened to "Thou"?

    Whatever Happened to "Thou"?

    Where’d "thou" go? And will it ever make a comeback?

    • 14 min
    How Spellers Tackle the 'Dreaded Schwa'

    How Spellers Tackle the 'Dreaded Schwa'

    You'll never view spellers in the bee asking questions the same way again after you learn about the schwa from Brian Sietsema, an associate pronouncer for the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

    • 17 min

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2.6K Ratings

2.6K Ratings

Ethan Allen Hawley ,

i like this show…

…but i don’t understand why the tips have to be dirty.

Ssisok ,

That bugaboo series comma

I say use that comma — as I like to call it, the “Harvard Comma” — at all times. To wit: I asked Moe, Larry, and Curly if they see our country’s flag as red, white, and blue, and answer “yes,” “no,” or “maybe.”

Rxbeejayy ,

Request

Love your segments, huge fan here! Could you do a segment on in medias res technique - how can listeners use this literary device in everyday conversations to pique others’ interests? Thanks!

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