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Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

Podcast Series Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

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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From metal type to metaphor: printing terms that extended their reach. The positive 'anymore.' Gigglemare.

From metal type to metaphor: printing terms that extended their reach. The positive 'anymore.' Gigglemare.

956. How did terms like "stereotype," "boilerplate," and "typecast" make the leap from specialist printing vocabulary to widespread figurative language? We trace the etymology of these and other expressions. Plus, the story of positive "anymore."

17 mins

28 November Finished

Why is Black Friday black? The NATO alphabet. Byeloveyou.

Why is Black Friday black? The NATO alphabet. Byeloveyou.

955. This week, we're looking at the history behind "Black Friday" and other black idioms, plus what happens when the NATO alphabet goes rogue for comedy.

17 mins

21 November Finished

The science of the plot twist. Irregardless. Spug.

The science of the plot twist. Irregardless. Spug.

954. "Irregardless" isn’t going away anytime soon. Take a deep breath while we dig into this hated word’s history. And then, do you love a good plot twist? In honor of National Novel Writing Month, we look at the psychology of surprises in fiction.

17 mins

14 November Finished

Omnishambles! Military slang across the pond (interview with Ben Yagoda)

Omnishambles! Military slang across the pond (interview with Ben Yagoda)

953. In honor of Veterans Day, Ben Yagoda tells us tales of military words that marched from the British lexicon to American English and influence the way we speak today. "Omnishambles," "gadget," "boffin" and more! We'll dispel some posh myths, and you'll be gobsmacked by the linguistic invasion.

32 mins

7 November Finished

Cliches. Organic. Bully pulpit. Fimfy.

Cliches. Organic. Bully pulpit. Fimfy.

952. What is the boundary between idioms, slang, and clichés—and should we give "adulting" a break? We also trace the 700-year history of "organic," from bodily organs to natural growth, and ask whether using a bully pulpit makes someone a bad person.

19 mins

31 October Finished

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