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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.

Series Episodes

The art of punctuation and the charm of 'kerfuffle.' Nicing.

The art of punctuation and the charm of 'kerfuffle.' Nicing.

995. This week, we look at when to use parentheses, dashes, and commas and how the choice can change the tone of your writing. Then, we dive into the history of words for describing a big fuss — "kerfuffle," "hullabaloo," "hoopla," and more.

18 mins

18 June Finished

Exploring the Language of 'Dune': An Interview with Kevin J. Anderson and Scott Brick

Exploring the Language of 'Dune': An Interview with Kevin J. Anderson and Scott Brick

994. This week, I sat down with the prolific "Dune" author Kevin J. Anderson and the famed "Dune" narrator Scott Brick to explore the language challenges in the "Dune" series. Learn how Kevin and Scott navigated Frank Herbert's original vocabulary, stayed true to the cultural influences of the names and terms, and created an extensive pronunciation guide. Whether you're a longtime fan or are new to the series, you'll love Kevin and Scott's stories about the language of "Dune" and its quirky history.

44 mins

13 June Finished

The power of sign language in 'Dune.' The words we use for dad. Chee

The power of sign language in 'Dune.' The words we use for dad. Chee

993. This week, we cover the strategic use of sign language by the Bene Gesserit in the 'Dune' movies, including its importance in covert communication. Then, we look at the many words for 'father' and their historical and linguistic significance, from early baby talk to more formal terms for adults.

16 mins

11 June Finished

The crossword craze — now and then — with Ben Zimmer

The crossword craze — now and then — with Ben Zimmer

992. It's been 100 years since the crossword puzzle took America by storm in 1924. This week, Ben Zimmer tells us the little-known story of how this humble word game launched major publishing empires and examines the public's polarized reactions at the time.

27 mins

6 June Finished

From 'dog' to 'hot dog.' The 'audience of one' trick. More on the long S. Footbridge.

From 'dog' to 'hot dog.' The 'audience of one' trick. More on the long S. Footbridge.

991. This week, we trace the origin and meaning of the word "dog," from its mysterious beginning to its current use in phrases like "hot dog" and "hair of the dog." Then we go through the "audience of one" concept, which involves tailoring content to a single, imagined recipient; and we look at how this approach can make your writing more understandable and engaging.

20 mins

4 June Finished

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