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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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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.

    Using Present Tense in a Story About the Past. Beck and Call. Tie-Dye Trees.

    Using Present Tense in a Story About the Past. Beck and Call. Tie-Dye Trees.

    Have you noticed people switching to the present tense when they're telling stories? It actually has a name: It's called the "historical present tense."
    This is the article we mentioned if you want to read more about the historical present tense: Schiffrin, Deborah. 1981. Tense variation in narrative. Language 57(1). 45-62.
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    HOST: Mignon Fogarty
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    • 16 min
    Surprise! These Names Are Trademarks. How to Write 'Dos and Don'ts' (or Is That 'Do's and Don'ts'?). Wording Your Mixes.

    Surprise! These Names Are Trademarks. How to Write 'Dos and Don'ts' (or Is That 'Do's and Don'ts'?). Wording Your Mixes.

    Many words we use every day are actually trademarks. Did you know about all the words we talked about today? Plus, we talk about some really weird spellings and dunk on "Eats, Shoots & Leaves."
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    • 11 min
    The Hedonometer and Your Feelings. What Does 'Schnozz' Mean?

    The Hedonometer and Your Feelings. What Does 'Schnozz' Mean?

    Researchers and companies are harnessing computers to identify the emotions behind our written words. While sentiment analysis is far from perfect, it manages to distill meaning from huge amounts of data — and could one day even monitor mental health. In the second segment of this episode, we answer a listener question about the word "schnozz": is it really from 1980s children's television? 
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    • 20 min
    How Do You Pronounce 'Tomato'? Why Is 'Chiropractic' Singular. Fish.

    How Do You Pronounce 'Tomato'? Why Is 'Chiropractic' Singular. Fish.

    In the world of great debates, there is one that has been long enduring and still keeps language prescriptivists awake at night: Is it "tom-ay-to" or "tom-ah-to"?  Now, this may not seem as pressing as whether nuclear fusion is possible, but to people in the linguistic trenches, it is pretty darn close. After all, how many linguistic pronunciation ambiguities have been so long running and widely known that they have actually inspired a song? In the second segment of the show, we explore why "chiropractic" is such an outlier for "-ic" words. 
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    • 11 min
    The Power of Very Specific Words, with Joel Schwartzberg

    The Power of Very Specific Words, with Joel Schwartzberg

    The author of "The Language of Leadership," Joel Schwartzberg, explains how you can make small tweaks to your language to make a big difference in your influence.
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    HOST: Mignon Fogarty
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    Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network.
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    • 29 min
    How to Really Talk Like a Pirate. When Do You Need a Comma Before 'Because'?

    How to Really Talk Like a Pirate. When Do You Need a Comma Before 'Because'?

    Based on the history of who was sailing the high seas, it's a good bet pirates sounded a lot more multicultural than Ol’ Long John Silver would have us believe. We also discuss when you need a comma before "because" to avoid confusion.
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    HOST: Mignon Fogarty
    VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475)
    Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network.
    Theme music by Catherine Rannus at beautifulmusic.co.uk.
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    • 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
2.6K Ratings

2.6K Ratings

l love it but l want an update ,

A new favorite

I like your job. Keep it up!

@SongDuck ,

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As a professional songwriter & lyricist, I’m always interested in podcasts relating to words, writing, and grammar (although writing lyrics breaks many grammatical rules). Grammar Girl answers questions from listeners. I have emailed her several times and always received a friendly, personal, and helpful reply.

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Good Content; Annoying Presentation

I like the content presented in this podcast. The topics are explained well, but I am about to delete it, and stop listening. The presenter’s speech pattern of extending and trailing off the last part of each sentence causes me to grind my teeth, and they really are getting worn down.

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