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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.

Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing Quick and Dirty Tips

    • Language Learning
    • 4.4 • 2.4K 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.

    799 - What 'Whence' Has to Do with 'Where Are You At?' 'Regime' or 'Regimen'?

    799 - What 'Whence' Has to Do with 'Where Are You At?' 'Regime' or 'Regimen'?

    Why the decline of 'whence' and 'whither' led to 'Where are you at?' And weird memory tricks to help you remember the difference between 'regime,' 'regimen,' and 'regiment.' (Don't say you weren't warned!)
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    HOST: Mignon Fogarty
    VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475)
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    • 11 min
    798 - Why 'Hilarious' Is Funnier than 'Hysterical.' How to Start a Novel.

    798 - Why 'Hilarious' Is Funnier than 'Hysterical.' How to Start a Novel.

    The root of "hysterical" may surprise you (and make you want to use "hilarious" instead). Also, things to remember when starting a novel.
    Use the hashtag #WhereIListen and tag me to show me where you listen to the Grammar Girl podcast.
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    Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course.
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    Grammar Pop iOS game.
    Peeve Wars card game.
    Grammar Girl books.
    HOST: Mignon Fogarty
    VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475)
    Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network.
    Links: 
    https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/
    https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts
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    http://twitter.com/grammargirl
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    https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl

    • 15 min
    797 - Why Dickens' Character Names Are So Revealing. 'Continual' or 'Continuous'?

    797 - Why Dickens' Character Names Are So Revealing. 'Continual' or 'Continuous'?

    What Dickens can teach you about choosing your characters' names. Plus, how to remember the frustratingly different meanings of "continuous" and "continual."
    Use the hashtag #WhereIListen and tag me to show me where you listen to the Grammar Girl podcast.
    Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. 
    Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course.
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    Grammar Pop iOS game.
    Peeve Wars card game.
    Grammar Girl books.
    HOST: Mignon Fogarty
    VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475)
    Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network.
    Links: 
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    http://twitter.com/grammargirl
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    https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl

    • 14 min
    796 - What Is a 'Crony'? Why Doesn’t 'Veterans Day' Have an Apostrophe?

    796 - What Is a 'Crony'? Why Doesn’t 'Veterans Day' Have an Apostrophe?

    What Is a 'Crony'? Why Doesn’t 'Veterans Day' Have an Apostrophe?
    Use the hashtag #WhereIListen and tag me to show me where you listen to the Grammar Girl podcast.
    Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. 
    Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course.
    Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.
    Grammar Pop iOS game.
    Peeve Wars card game.
    Grammar Girl books.
    HOST: Mignon Fogarty
    VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475)
    Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network.
    Links: 
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    http://twitter.com/grammargirl
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    • 12 min
    795 - Why People Use Scare Quotes. 'Dialog' or 'Dialogue'?

    795 - Why People Use Scare Quotes. 'Dialog' or 'Dialogue'?

    We have some theories on why people write things such as "'fresh' meat." Plus, we dig in to the two spellings of "dialog" (or is that "dialogue"?).
    Read the transcript: Scare Quotes. 'Dialog' or 'Dialogue'?
    Use the hashtag #WhereIListen and tag me to show me where you listen to the Grammar Girl podcast.
    Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. 
    Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course.
    Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.
    Grammar Pop iOS game.
    Peeve Wars card game.
    Grammar Girl books.
    HOST: Mignon Fogarty
    VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475)
    Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network.
    Links: 
    https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/
    https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts
    https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe
    http://twitter.com/grammargirl
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    http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl
    https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl

    • 10 min
    794 - Create Characters as Great as Hamlet. How to Format Internal Dialogue

    794 - Create Characters as Great as Hamlet. How to Format Internal Dialogue

    6 steps to help you create gripping characters. Plus, we talk about how to format internal dialogue: italics, quotation marks, or nothing?
    Read the transcript: Character Creation. Formatting Internal Dialogue.
    Reedsy Character Profile Template
    Use the hashtag #WhereIListen and tag me to show me where you listen to the Grammar Girl podcast.
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    Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course.
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    Grammar Pop iOS game.
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    Grammar Girl books.
    HOST: Mignon Fogarty
    VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475)
    Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network.
    Links:
    https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/
    https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts
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    https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl

    • 14 min

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Doc lady ,

Oh that voice

Is it Valley Girl? Not sure what it is but it is annoying to listen to when the end of every sentence is two notes down from the previous. And so scripted. Loosen it up and maybe speak a bit faster? I can’t usually get through a full episode, much as I want to.

GTyoungblood ,

Previously “Lost in accent” Now a technical question

I cant create a new review? This is annoying. So let me prefix my old review, lets see if it works.

You may remember me as the Air Force guy who was plagued by catching accents as if they were a cold or flu. Just being exposed to an accent would make me speak in it.

So here is a non related question for you. Maybe you previously spoke on this. “What is the most technically correct language?”. Let me give an example of one that isn’t extremely technical, but I also only learned it by trying to teach myself. This non technical language is Korean. While I was stationed in Korea, I wanted to take every Korean language class I could get. Alas, we were too busy, so I attempted to teach myself from an English/Korean dictionary. The only thing I managed to do was give myself a first grade reading level (at most) and can read and write in Hangul (korean alphabet). One of the language specific things I did learn from a few of my local friends (and yes, I did pick up their accents 🤪). When speaking korean, and when you are speaking to someone, (nouns?) are assumed. I discovered there is an awful lot of assumptions being made.
For the life of me I cant remember a good example, but there was a lot of assumptions going on.
So what I’m asking is this, which one is the most exact? Where nothing is left to assumption, but facts are paramount. (i.e. if I ask you about your podcast, i would be assuming the podcast that this review is about. VS when I soeak about your podcast, I would use its name, not assuming you only had this podcast. “I love your Grammar Girl podcast!” In Korean it would be “Love Podcast”, the ‘I’ and ‘your’ and ‘grammar girl’ all being assumed.

Full disclosure, my wife is Korean, and she has been a naturalized citizen fo well over 30 years. But her English is very hard to understand, and I am acting translator all of the time 🧐🤓😎

Your podcast is the only non-tech podcast I listen to. I stumbled upon it completely by accident while searching through I.T. related podcasts. I'm glad I found it. I hope to improve my English skills in both speaking and writing, I'm horrible. Especially horrible for being born and raised here (I know, should say reared here, but I find that too pretentious).

I have a question for you. Is there a term for this ability I have? Or maybe it's a condition, or a malady? When I'm exposed to foreign accents I pick up that accent very quickly and begin speaking in it, without knowing I'm doing it. For instance, I'm retired US Air Force. I was stationed at RAF Lakenheath, England, in the 1990's. While there, three other technicians and I went TDY to RAF Lossiemouth, Scotland to repair one of our F-111's that made an emergency landing there.

While sitting in our hotel restaurant, three locals came to our table and asked if they could sit with the 'Yanks' they 'heard was in town'. We had a great dinner with them and spoke on the many differences between the U.S. and Scotland. My co-workers kept giving me evil looks. Finally one of them grabbed me by the arm, and pulled me close and whispered, "STOP IT! You're going to piss them off!" I had no idea what he was talking about. One of my co-workers spoke up and apologized to our guests. He said, "Sorry, we don't know why he keeps doing that." "Doing what?" One of them asked. "Faking your accent, of course."

All three of the local guys started laughing really hard. "We thought he was a local boy! We din na know he was a Yank too!"

Similar episodes took place in Turkey, Spain, and Korea. I get mistaken for a local wherever I go.

I think it has to do with growing up in San Francisco as a kid. I lived there until I was 13 yrs old. I had friends from more cultures and backgrounds than I can count. You might say we lived in the immigrant district (My family immigrated there from Florida).

hana bannana🍌 ,

Hiii…

Ok so I was listening to the big fibs latest episode and it said she was the host of grammar girl. I decided to search it up to see who was the expert and it turns out she was. So yah…. I guess I just spoiled the episode. Yah ok so bye.
-Hana age 11 (and 3/4 :0)

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