Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

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  1. 1.
    Starting a Sentence with a Conjunction: Right or Wrong? Good 'Subpar' and Bad 'Subpar.'
    15:41
  2. 2.
    How Long Is a Good Sentence? 'Cord' or 'Chord'? Grumple.
    11:35
  3. 3.
    What Made 'Friends' Funny. How Cicadas Got Their Name. Dog Replacer.
    13:40
  4. 4.
    Is 'Graduated College' Wrong? Five Wonderful Latin Phrases.
    11:43
  5. 5.
    'Bring,' 'Take,' and 'Carry.' 'The Queen's Gambit.' Sweepy Thing.
    15:11
  6. 6.
    Writing Dialogue. 'Associate Degree' or 'Associate's Degree'? Wiffy.
    13:17
  7. 7.
    'Ketchup' or 'Catsup'? How to Punctuate Questions. Gmoing Gmoing.
    13:43
  8. 8.
    What Does ‘Op-Ed’ Really Mean? The Perfect Paragraph Length. Items.
    11:22
  1. 9.
    The Intrusive "Of." What Makes English Weird.
    15:25
  2. 10.
    How to Write Faster. The Origin of the Odd Letter W
    16:11
  3. 11.
    'Borrow' and 'Lend.' When to Use 'Nor.' Boncho.
    11:12
  4. 12.
    1) Squirrelly Animal Verbs. 2) 'People,' 'Peoples,' and 'Persons': Why It Matters.
    11:03
  5. 13.
    A vast number of words have surprising origins. We talked about some today, including "scientist," "impressionist," "beatnik," and "paradigm."
    19:55
  6. 14.
    'Normalcy' or 'Normality'? A Punctuation Question from a Famous Movie Line. Taco Cats.
    11:54
  7. 15.
    It's Not Just March. Other Months Have 'Ides' Too! Are You on the Pig's Back Today?
    13:15
  8. 16.
    813 - The History of National Grammar Day. My Favorite Resources. Anniversity
    14:59
  9. 17.
    812 - Kibosh. Sidekicks. Misolation.
    19:47
  10. 18.
    811 - Inigo Montoya and Coining Phrases. 'Dose' or 'Dosage'?
    12:48
  11. 19.
    810 - Words out of Time. Why 'OK' Is OK.
    15:38
  12. 20.
    809 - Rethink Descriptions Like 'Diabetic.' The Wonderful World of Italics,
    14:44
  13. 21.
    808 - 6 Latin Abbreviations You Should Know. 'Imply' or 'Infer'?
    16:27
  14. 22.
    807 - Why We Call Them Sea 'Shanties.' A Trick to Remember How to Spell 'Conscience'
    13:12
  15. 23.
    806 - Why You Should Try Fanfiction. How to Find Tricky Pronunciations.
    17:26
  16. 24.
    805 - 'Acedia': the lost name for the emotion we're all feeling right now
    11:08
  17. 25.
    804 - Another Think/Thing Coming. 'Sanction,' 'Cleave,' 'Dust,' and More
    14:21
  18. 26.
    803 - Pandemic, COVID, anderhalvemetersamenleving: 2020 Words of the Year
    22:50
  19. 27.
    802 - Brandon Sanderson on Writing, Character and Place Names, and the Future
    34:08
  20. 28.
    801 - How to Get Your 'Just Deserts.' Comma After 'But'? Why?
    11:54
  21. 29.
    800 - What Did You Step On? And Is That a Desert or a Dessert?
    10:16
  22. 30.
    799 - What 'Whence' Has to Do with 'Where Are You At?' 'Regime' or 'Regimen'?
    11:42
  23. 31.
    798 - Why 'Hilarious' Is Funnier than 'Hysterical.' How to Start a Novel.
    15:30
  24. 32.
    797 - Why Dickens' Character Names Are So Revealing. 'Continual' or 'Continuous'?
    14:28
  25. 33.
    796 - What Is a 'Crony'? Why Doesn’t 'Veterans Day' Have an Apostrophe?
    12:35
  26. 34.
    795 - Why People Use Scare Quotes. 'Dialog' or 'Dialogue'?
    10:48
  27. 35.
    794 - Create Characters as Great as Hamlet. How to Format Internal Dialogue
    14:41
  28. 36.
    793 - Why Journalists Use Misspellings Like 'Lede' and 'Spox'
    16:43
  29. 37.
    792 - A Totally, Like, Bitchin' Podcast About 'Like'
    18:53
  30. 38.
    791 - 'Although' Versus 'While.' Why We Write with Cliches (and How to Stop)
    13:36
  31. 39.
    790 - 'Laureate' Is Good. Why Is 'Resting on Your Laurels' Bad? 'Smarmy.'
    16:57
  32. 40.
    789 - How to Make Your Readers Laugh. 'Whoa' or 'Woah'?
    17:01
  33. 41.
    788 - Why 'Out of Pocket' Means Both 'Inappropriate' and 'Unavailable'
    17:04
  34. 42.
    787 - Why We Associate Political Parties with the Colors Red and Blue
    24:40
  35. 43.
    786 - 'Doomscrolling' (OK, Doomer). 'Each Other' or 'One Another'?
    14:38
  36. 44.
    785 - 'Gantlet' or 'Gauntlet'? Do You Want to Say 'Had Went'?
    14:41
  37. 45.
    784 - A Historical Tip for Remembering When to Use 'Historical.' Put More Thought into Your Punctuation.
    14:40
  38. 46.
    783 - How Hurricanes Get Their Names. When You Should Avoid Using Contractions.
    18:10
  39. 47.
    782 - What are those dots over letters? Why does 'money' have a plural, and how do you spell it?
    10:20
  40. 48.
    781 - Blursday or Whensday? Middle Grade Versus Young Adult Fiction
    18:31
  41. 49.
    780 - Which Comes First? Who or Where?
    15:21
  42. 50.
    779 - How You Can Help the OED. Capitalizing 'Black.' How Playwriting Techniques Can Improve Your Writing.
    14:46

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