Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

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733 - Why People Hate Words Like 'Moist'

When people have a negative physical reaction to a specific word, it's called word aversion (not misophonia as some people mistakenly presume). "Moist," "pustule," and "panties" are just a few of the words that come up over and over. In this episode, I talk with a psychologist to see what we know about these kinds of feelings.

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Posted on 21 October 2019 | 6:45 pm


732 - How to Write a Conclusion. ‘Rebut’ or ‘Refute’?

Writing a conclusion can be the hardest part of writing an essay. We have help! Also, a listener asked me to explain the difference between "rebut" and "refute."

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Posted on 17 October 2019 | 5:00 pm


731 - Compound Possession. 'Friday' or 'On Friday'?

In this show, we answer two listener questions: 1. Should you write about "Bill and Ted's trip" or "Bill's and Ted's trip"? 2. Should you say you'll listen "Tuesday" or "on Tuesday"?

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Posted on 14 October 2019 | 4:00 pm


730 - Turning a Podcast into a Novel: 'The Bright Sessions' to 'The Infinite Noise'

Lauren Shippen, the creator of one of my new favorite audio dramas, "The Bright Sessions," talks about turning a podcast into a novel and about going from working alone to working on multiple projects and managing whole teams.

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Posted on 10 October 2019 | 7:45 pm


729 - Making Words That End in Y Plural.'Primer' Pronunciation.

If you've ever wondered why "primer" is sometimes pronounced "primmer," this show is for you! We also talk about why you make words that end in Y plural in different ways.

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Posted on 7 October 2019 | 5:15 pm


728 - How English Words Came Into French After World War II

French authorities tried to keep English out of their language, but “tank,” “bulldozer,” and “jeep” got the ball rolling, and it kept going from there.

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Posted on 3 October 2019 | 4:00 pm


727 - The Quirky Australian 'Crime' Tense. 'Hopefully.'

A listener asked why Australians use the present perfect tense in a way you won't hear in British or American English. You'll often hear it in crime reports or on the radio. Also, we look at a slightly controversial use of the word "hopefully."

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Posted on 30 September 2019 | 5:00 pm


726 - A Cup of Joe. ‘Smokey’ and ‘Smoky.’

In honor of National Coffee Day, we talk about the origin of coffee and all its nicknames. Plus, I'll help you remember the difference between "smoky" and "smokey" with a little help from Smokey Bear.

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Posted on 26 September 2019 | 9:30 pm


725 - Interviewing, Story Structure, and Writing Tools with Jonathan Small

If you've ever been nervous before interviewing someone, struggled to write a good lede, or just want to get some tips on handy tools for writers, this interview with Jonathan Small is for you.

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Posted on 23 September 2019 | 5:45 pm