Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

by QuickAndDirtyTips.com

You'll get fun and friendly doses of writing advice in three short chunks: a Quick and Dirty Tip, a meaty middle, and a final tidbit. Grammar Girl covers everything from punctuation and grammar to style and voice. QuickandDirtyTips.com

  

Latest Episodes

621 - ‘Council’ or ‘Counsel’? Direct and Indirect Quotations. Oxymorons.

People have been confusing "council" and "counsel" since the 16th century. Sometimes you put single words such as "yes" and "no" in quotation marks, and sometimes you don't. We investigate three weird oxymorons: "bridegroom," "spendthrift," and "fail-safe."

FOLLOW ALONG ON THE WEBSITE

'Council' or 'Counsel'? http://bit.ly/council-counsel
Direct and Indirect Quotations: http://bit.ly/direct-quotation
Oxymorons: http://bit.ly/odd-oxymorons

FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL

Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl

Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl

Instagram: http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl

SPONSORS

http://magoosh.com (use the promo code GRAMMAR)

http://casper.com/savings (expires May 29)

http://stitcherpremium.com/grammar

GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME

Optimized for iPad: http://bit.ly/GrammarPopiPad

For iPad and iPhone: http://bit.ly/GrammarPop

GRAMMAR GIRL BOOKS

http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl-book-page


Audio Download

Posted on 17 May 2018 | 5:00 pm


619 - Co-worker. Barefaced and Baldfaced Lies. Mixed Metaphors.

Co-worker. Barefaced and Baldfaced Lies. Mixed Metaphors.

FOLLOW ALONG ON THE WEBSITE

Does Co-Worker Always Take a Hyphen? http://bit.ly/co-worker-hyphen

Barefaced or Baldfaced Lie? http://bit.ly/barefaced-baldfaced

Mixed Metaphors: http://bit.ly/mixed-metaphors

FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL

Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl

Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl

Instagram: http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl

SPONSORS

http://juicebeauty.com/grammar (use the promo code GRAMMAR20)

http://magoosh.com (use the promo code GRAMMAR)

GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME

Optimized for iPad: http://bit.ly/GrammarPopiPad

For iPad and iPhone: http://bit.ly/GrammarPop

GRAMMAR GIRL BOOKS

http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl-book-page


Audio Download

Posted on 3 May 2018 | 5:00 pm


618 - Jazz and Thunder. Say Your Piece (or Peace)?

Are sports team names singular or plural? Do you say your piece or say your peace? FOLLOW ALONG ON THE WEBSITE http://bit.ly/sports-teams http://bit.ly/say-your-piece FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl Instagram: http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl SPONSORS http://juicebeauty.com/grammar (use the promo code Grammar20) http://mrclean.com/grammargirl GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME Optimized for iPad: http://bit.ly/GrammarPopiPad For iPad and iPhone: http://bit.ly/GrammarPop GRAMMAR GIRL BOOKS http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl-book-page


Audio Download

Posted on 26 April 2018 | 5:00 pm


616 - The Prodigal Tongue. Odoriferous. Battle Royale.

This week, I have a delightful excerpt from Lynne Murphy's new book "The Prodigal Tongue" about the differences between British and American English, a tip about words for smells, and a tidbit about the term "battle royale." FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl Instagram: http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl SPONSORS http://juicebeauty.com/grammar (use the promo code Grammar20) http://mrclean.com/grammargirl GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME Optimized for iPad: http://bit.ly/GrammarPopiPad For iPad and iPhone: http://bit.ly/GrammarPop GRAMMAR GIRL BOOKS http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl-book-page


Audio Download

Posted on 12 April 2018 | 11:15 pm


615 - Humor with Adverbs. Noisome. Receipts. Case Quarters.

This week, we talk about how adverbs can be squishy in what they modify and how that can lead to funny double meanings, about the difference between "noisy" and "noisome," about why people say they "have the receipts," and about the meaning and origin of "case quarter." FOLLOW ALONG ON THE WEBSITE: Adverbs: http://bit.ly/funnyAdverbs Noisome: http://bit.ly/Noisome Receipts: http://bit.ly/TheReceipts Case Quarter: http://bit.ly/CaseQuarter FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl Instagram: http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME Optimized for iPad: http://bit.ly/GrammarPopiPad For iPad and iPhone: http://bit.ly/GrammarPop GRAMMAR GIRL BOOKS http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl-book-page


Audio Download

Posted on 5 April 2018 | 8:30 pm


614 - Illeism. Named For or After? Misinformation and Disinformation.

When famous characters or people like Hercule Poirot and LeBron James refer to themselves by their own name, it's called illeism, and it can actually be a useful psychological technique. Then, we explore the difference between being named for someone and named after someone. Finally, we use a carrot hoax from World War II to explain the difference between misinformation and disinformation. FOLLOW ALONG ON THE WEBSITE: Illeism: http://bit.ly/illeism Named For or After: http://bit.ly/named-for-after Misinformation and Disinformation: http://bit.ly/dis-mis FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl Instagram: http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME Optimized for iPad: http://bit.ly/GrammarPopiPad For iPad and iPhone: http://bit.ly/GrammarPop GRAMMAR GIRL BOOKS http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl-book-page


Audio Download

Posted on 29 March 2018 | 11:00 pm


613 - Dictionary.com Starts Defining Emoji (an interview with Jane Solomon)

Dictionary.com has added emoji definitions to its site, and I have an interview with the lexicographer behind the decision, Jane Solomon. Emoji are a lot more linguistically complex than you may imagine. Plus, I remind you of the difference between "aw" and "awe" and the origin that will help you use "awe" especially well. FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl Instagram: http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME Optimized for iPad: http://bit.ly/GrammarPopiPad For iPad and iPhone: http://bit.ly/GrammarPop GRAMMAR GIRL BOOKS http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl-book-page


Audio Download

Posted on 22 March 2018 | 10:30 pm


612 - The Pin/Pen Merger. American. 'Half-Staff' or 'Half-Mast'?

This week, we talk about why some people say "pin" and "pen" the same way, why citizens of the United States call themselves "Americans" when other people live on the American continent too, and why flags can be flown at half-mast or half-staff.  FOLLOW ALONG ON THE WEBSITE The Pin/Pen Merger http://bit.ly/pin-pen-merger 'American' http://bit.ly/demonyms 'Half-Staff' and 'Half-Mast' http://bit.ly/half-mast-staff FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl Instagram: http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME Optimized for iPad: http://bit.ly/GrammarPopiPad For iPad and iPhone: http://bit.ly/GrammarPop GRAMMAR GIRL BOOKS http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl-book-page  


Audio Download

Posted on 16 March 2018 | 1:00 am


611 - Pudding. "There Are" Sentences. Winning Limerick

This week, we talk about why we say "the proof is in the pudding," why "there are" sentences can be so confusing (what the heck is the subject in such as sentence?), and read the winning limerick from the ACES National Grammar Day limerick contest. FOLLOW ALONG ON THE WEBSITE 'The Proof Is in the Pudding' http://bit.ly/ProofPudding 'There Are' Sentences http://bit.ly/expletiveSentences FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl Instagram: http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME Optimized for iPad: http://bit.ly/GrammarPopiPad For iPad and iPhone: http://bit.ly/GrammarPop SALE: GRAMMAR GIRL'S NYT BESTSELLER IS CURRENTLY ON SALE AS AN E-BOOK FOR ONLY $2.99 BARNES & NOBLE http://bit.ly/2F8WuRu AMAZON http://amzn.to/2ozVfAr Thank you to Ellen Hendriksen of the Savvy Psychologist podcast for being the voice of this week's show! https://www.ellenhendriksen.com/ https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/savvy-psychologist


Audio Download

Posted on 8 March 2018 | 11:45 pm