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Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
Grammar Girl is your friendly guide to the English language—writing, history, rules, and cool stuff. We cover punctuation, grammar, style, word histories, idioms, and more. Five-time winner of Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards. QuickandDirtyTips.com

  • 754. The Tie Between Ann Landers and 'Could Care Less.'
    Language experts actually have theories about why people say they "could care less" (instead of they "couldn't care less"). We dig deep to find the root of the problem.

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  • 753 - Take Heart! Here's Why You Still Have Time to Write Your First Novel
    In this interview, I talk with Bourne Morris about starting a writing career after you've retired. Bourne had one amazing career running a large advertising agency, a second as a journalism professor, and is now the author of four novels including her newest, "A Woman of Two Minds."

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  • 752 - Why Do Asian Languages Have So Many Different Scripts?
    You don’t have to learn a new script when you learn Norwegian, Czech, or Portuguese, let alone French, so why does every East Asian language require you to learn a new script?

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  • 751 - Why Are There So Many Spellings for 'Hanukkah'? (Or Is That 'Chanukah'?)
    Hebrew and English don't use the same alphabet, which is why you see so many different spellings for "Hanukkah." The word is transliterated from Hebrew instead of being directly translated from Hebrew.

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  • 750 - Pitch Black. Frankincense and Myrrh.
    The sky is so dark in the Northern Hemisphere these days that it feels pitch black by 5:00 PM. Here's why call it "pitch black." Also, we know what gold is, but why did the three wise men give gifts of frankincense and myrrh?

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  • 749 - How to Identify Your Main Point. It's Harder Than You Think!
    You think you know what you're trying to say, but are you making it clear? Joel Schwartzberg, author of "Get to the Point" has some great tips for, well, getting to the point.

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  • 748 - Your Language Affects Your Perception of Time. 'Star Wars' Languages.
    Do you think of the future as being in front of you or behind you? It might depend on what language you speak. Also, we explore the many languages of 'Star Wars.'

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  • 747 - You Don't Have to Get Up on Stage for Improv to Boost Your Creativity
    Are you looking for a way to jumpstart your creativity and writing? You may be surprised to find out how much techniques from improv can help! You'll love this interview with Jorjeana Marie, the author of "Improv for Writers."

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  • 746 - How to Make Family Names Plural. How Come We Ask 'How Come?'
    Making last names plural? Addressing more than one sister-in-law? More than one Mister? We show you how to address them properly. Also, we investigate why we sometimes ask "How come?" instead of "Why?"

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  • 745 - 'More Than' Versus 'Over.' Is a Hamburger a Sandwich?
    The AP Stylebook changed its stance on using "over" to mean "more than." Plenty of people were shocked, but they shouldn't have been. And then we debate the linguistics of whether a hamburger is a sandwich.

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  • 744 - Cold Turkey, Talk Turkey, and More. The Weird Origin of the Cornucopia.
    Have you ever wondered what cold turkey has to do with quitting a habit? We have the answer to that and we look at other turkey idioms. And continuing the Thanksgiving theme, we also explore the weird origin of the cornucopia. 

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  • 743 - How to Get Your Characters Right (Especially When They Aren't Like You)
    In this interview, Diana Pho, a two-time Hugo nominated editor with Tor.com Publishing, helped me understand the role of sensitivity readers and how to write a diverse cast of characters without completely screwing it up.

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  • 742 - Famous Quotations. Silent Letters.
    You may think that quotation you love came from Plato or G. K. Chesterton, but are you sure? Also, we look at why it's tricky to to figure out why a letter is silent in certain words.

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  • 741 - Behind the Scenes in Publishing.
    If you're interested in publishing a YA novel (or are just interested in how publishing works), this interview with Kat Brzozowski about Swoon Reads and what happens behind the scenes is for you.

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  • 740 - Do You Know When to Use Quotation Marks? Also, How to Create a House Style.
    Do you know when to use quotation marks? How about single quotation marks? Also, you know about the major style guides (AP, Chicago, etc.), but do you also have your own house style guide? Here's why you should!

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  • 739 - The Problem with Sarcasm. Filthy Lucre.
    People have been trying to create sarcasm punctuation marks for years, but the solution is already in our hands. Plus, have you ever wondered why we call money "filthy lucre"? We did!

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  • 738 - Can a Boy Raised by Wolves Learn to Speak Human Language? It Depends.
    The story of Victor of Aveyron, a boy who was raised by wolves and taught us about language.

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  • 737 - Curtis Chen: Using NaNoWriMo to Kickstart Your Novel
    How you can use NaNoWriMo to jumpstart your fiction writing. Plus, more extreme measures to move your writing forward...if you're up for it.

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  • 736 - Ghastly Words for Ghosts. Quid pro Quo.
    In honor of Halloween, we look at ghastly words for ghosts. Also, people have been asking how to properly use the phrase "quid pro quo," so we have the answer. (Do you know the plural?)

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  • 735 - Dave Itzkoff on Writing a Biography of Robin Williams
     

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