Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

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

Episodes

Title Duration Published Consumed
626 - ‘Aggravate’ Versus ‘Irritate’ What Is a Functional Shift? 00:10:09 2018-06-21 19:00
625 - ‘Dinner’ or ‘Supper’? How to Write a Thank-You Note 00:15:15 2018-06-14 17:30
624 - ‘Trooper’ and ‘Trouper.” Why Is It Called a Spelling Bee? 00:12:11 2018-06-07 18:45
623 - 'Calvary' or 'Cavalry'? Spelling Bee Interview. 00:20:06 2018-05-31 13:15
622 - Is a Troop One Person or a Group? Repetition 00:15:50 2018-05-24 18:00
621 - ‘Council’ or ‘Counsel’? Direct and Indirect Quotations. Oxymorons. 00:11:21 2018-05-17 19:00
620 - When to Capitalize 'Mom.' In the Doldrums. 00:16:41 2018-05-10 19:00
619 - Co-worker. Barefaced and Baldfaced Lies. Mixed Metaphors. 00:13:22 2018-05-03 19:00
618 - Jazz and Thunder. Say Your Piece (or Peace)? 00:13:21 2018-04-26 19:00
617 - 'Lay' and 'Lie.' 'Grill' and 'Grille.' 'Warsh.' 00:12:14 2018-04-20 00:00
616 - The Prodigal Tongue. Odoriferous. Battle Royale. 00:20:43 2018-04-13 01:15
615 - Humor with Adverbs. Noisome. Receipts. Case Quarters. 00:18:46 2018-04-05 22:30
614 - Illeism. Named For or After? Misinformation and Disinformation. 00:16:08 2018-03-30 01:00
613 - Dictionary.com Starts Defining Emoji (an interview with Jane Solomon) 00:29:57 2018-03-22 23:30
612 - The Pin/Pen Merger. American. 'Half-Staff' or 'Half-Mast'? 00:20:55 2018-03-16 02:00
611 - Pudding. "There Are" Sentences. Winning Limerick 00:13:48 2018-03-09 00:45
610 - Top 10 Grammar Myths. How 13 Dog Breeds Got Their Names. 00:14:32 2018-03-02 02:00
609 - Pull Idioms. Surprising Food Names. Dillydally. 00:13:53 2018-02-22 23:00
608 - Dilly Dilly. How Many Prepositions Can You Put in a Row? 00:15:44 2018-02-15 23:00
607 - Brainstorming. Call Out Sick? Synesis. 00:14:49 2018-02-08 23:00
606 - Levidromes, Tom Swifty Jokes, and new OED Words. 00:13:25 2018-02-02 00:00
605 - A Homophone Error at the SAG Awards. Lectern or Podium? Capitalizing Award Names 00:13:48 2018-01-26 00:30
BONUS: Introducing Launch 00:14:38 2018-01-22 04:00
604 - Origin of 'Gerrymandering.' Is 'Data' Singular or Plural? 00:11:21 2018-01-19 00:00
603 - Words of the Year, Why You Shouldn't Use 'Eskimo,' 'Canon' or 'Cannon'? 00:15:29 2018-01-12 00:00
602 - I'm Chuffed. 00:05:15 2018-01-04 23:00
601 - "Based In" or "Based Out Of"? Omitting "That" 00:17:53 2017-12-28 22:00
600 - How to Pronounce 'Caramel.' Sports Idioms 00:11:00 2017-12-21 22:00
599 - Delicious English Words (Chocolate, Guacamole) with Aztec Roots 00:10:43 2017-12-15 00:00
598 - Gifting and Regifting. Take a Decision. 00:11:02 2017-12-08 10:30
597 - Eskimo Words for Snow. Write a Book! 00:18:13 2017-12-01 00:00
596 - Why Businesses Are Called Houses. Why We Call It "Black Friday." 00:16:57 2017-11-23 22:00
595 - 'Side' Words. What Is a Bailiwick? 00:12:40 2017-11-16 22:00
594 - The Plural of 'Batman.' Why Smart People Struggle with Shakespeare Too. 00:18:38 2017-11-10 00:00
593 - The Origin of English: Proto-Indo-European. 00:18:51 2017-11-03 00:00
592 - "Sofa" or "Couch"? "Skeleton" Idioms. 00:14:48 2017-10-27 01:30
591 - "Cannot" or "Can Not"? "Dead" Idioms. 00:14:22 2017-10-20 01:00
590 - How to Write an Apology 00:10:27 2017-10-13 01:30
589 - The "Ruth's Chris" Apostrophe. Thingamajigs. 00:13:36 2017-10-06 01:00
588 - Why People Mimic Accents. Why People "Have Your Six." 00:13:00 2017-09-29 01:00
587 - More British & American Differences. Quotation Marks with Periods and Commas 00:13:26 2017-09-22 01:30
586 - UK and US English. Bad or Badly? 00:17:57 2017-09-15 02:45
585 GG. Rainy Idioms. "Because," "Due To," "Since," and "As" 00:14:31 2017-09-08 01:45
584 GG. Pipe Dream. Comma Before a Quotation. 00:13:47 2017-09-01 03:00
583 GG Important or Importantly? Time Traveler Words 00:08:31 2017-08-25 03:30
582 GG. How to Use Quotations. Stop Calling Yourself a Grammar Nazi 00:14:16 2017-08-18 01:00
581 GG. Riffle and Rifle. Worcestershire Sauce. 00:10:27 2017-08-11 01:00
580 GG. Introductory Paragraphs. One of The... 00:15:01 2017-08-04 01:00
579 GG Language Games. Jerry-Built. And Female Juniors 00:09:02 2017-07-28 01:30
578 GG Words from Obsolete Technology 00:09:53 2017-07-21 01:00
577 GG The Trump Jr. Punctuation Kerfuffle. Generation Names. 00:12:18 2017-07-14 01:30
576 GG Critique or Criticize? Games Like Pig Latin 00:12:55 2017-07-07 01:00
575 GG Gestures. Elbow Grease. Capitalizing Directions. 00:16:08 2017-06-30 01:00
574 GG Commas with Transition Words. Double Whammy. 00:09:21 2017-06-23 01:00
573 GG Until, Till, and 'Til. Dad Jokes. 00:14:12 2017-06-15 23:30
572 GG Themself. Comma Splices. 00:14:23 2017-06-08 23:00
571 GG Lego or Legos? Why English Spelling Reform Is Doomed. 00:26:24 2017-06-02 00:30
570 GG Burned or Burnt? Why English Spelling Is a Mess. 00:14:34 2017-05-26 02:15
569 GG. Explain vs. Explanation. How to Outline. 00:12:23 2017-05-19 00:00
568 GG. In or Among. Weird Words. 00:11:49 2017-05-12 02:30
567 Is Pig Latin a Real Language? 00:14:07 2017-05-05 00:00
566 GG. Off Your Feed. Animal Language. 00:21:30 2017-04-28 01:00
565 GG. Apple, Podcasts, and Prepositions. Forensic Linguistics. 00:11:26 2017-04-20 22:00
564 GG. Preposition or Adverb? 00:17:15 2017-04-13 22:00
563 GG Singular 'They' 00:12:54 2017-04-07 03:00
562 GG AP Style and Chicago Manual of Style Updates 00:15:03 2017-03-31 03:00
561 GG $10 Million Comma. Ambiguous Sentences. Tribute to Bill Walsh 00:13:53 2017-03-23 21:00
560 GG Devil's Advocate. 3 Tips for Creating Sentences with Punch 00:12:31 2017-03-16 23:15
559 GG. Abbreviations. And Then the Murders Began. Runcible. Haiku. 00:11:14 2017-03-10 01:15
558 GG How to Write Good Survey Questions 00:14:01 2017-03-03 02:15
557 GG Double Dactyl Poetry 00:14:12 2017-02-23 22:00
556 GG Tumult. Bull in a China Shop. Always, Never, Usually, Often, Most, and More 00:10:25 2017-02-16 22:00
555 GG. Toe/Tow the Line. Pled or Pleaded. Animal Idioms. 00:12:34 2017-02-09 22:00
554 GG 'Reticent' or 'Reluctant.' Which' or 'That.' 00:10:29 2017-02-02 21:00
553 GG Not Only, But Also. Leave in the Lurch. Month Names. 00:12:40 2017-01-27 04:15
551 Capital vs Capitol. Citing Podcasts and Websites 00:11:06 2017-01-19 22:00
551 GG. Words of the Year. Writing Tips. 00:15:29 2017-01-12 21:00
550 GG Enormity or Enormousness? Badminton 00:07:16 2017-01-05 22:00
549 GG Hone/Home In. Apostrophes. 00:11:48 2016-12-29 22:15
548 GG. What Makes Good Stories. 00:10:14 2016-12-22 21:00
547 GG 'A While' or 'Awhile'? Writing Dialogue 00:11:11 2016-12-15 22:00
546 GG Anxious/Eager. If Not. 00:16:11 2016-12-08 22:30
545 GG Read the Riot Act. The Changing English Language. 00:14:30 2016-12-01 22:00
544 GG. Pilgrim Names. Pronouncing Foreign Words 00:21:27 2016-11-24 22:00
543 GG. By the Wayside. How to Pronounce 'Biopic' 00:11:12 2016-11-17 21:00
542 GG. 'Aloud' or "Out Loud'? Strong Voice 00:09:31 2016-11-11 01:00
541 GG Before or Prior To? Foreign Language Syndrome 00:09:46 2016-11-03 22:00
540 GG. Cemetery or Graveyard? Peer Editing. To Calendar. 00:13:21 2016-10-27 22:00
539 GG Capitalizing Job Titles. I.e. Versus E.g. Sentence Diagramming 00:17:04 2016-10-21 00:00
538 Alumni. Words from Bookmaking. Beyond the Pale 00:17:39 2016-10-14 02:15
537 GG "Further" Versus "Farther." Horse's Mouth 00:13:03 2016-10-07 02:00
536 GG Hit the Bestseller List: How to Style Your Words Like a Bestselling Author 00:15:52 2016-09-30 01:45
535 GG Anyways or Anyway? Topic Sentences 00:13:18 2016-09-23 00:30
534 GG. Bridget Jones. Pay Dirt. Dashes. 00:19:15 2016-09-16 01:00
533 GG. Etc. Short Shrift. Prepositions 00:21:17 2016-09-09 01:45
532 GG Loose or Lose. You Wazzock. 00:21:56 2016-09-01 23:30
531 GG Writing Dual POVs. Space Operas and Soap Operas. 00:12:45 2016-08-26 00:15
530 GG Whom. Preorder. Badger, Weasel, Ferret. 00:14:50 2016-08-19 00:00
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