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I'm continuing to edit my conversation with @GrammarTable tonight, and my husband is laughing at me because I'm just sitting here at my computer with my headphones on laughing every few minutes because she's so funny. :)
Every time I see a tweet about Liz Truss, my brain thinks it's Lynne Truss, and I'm deeply confused for a millisecond or two.
This is a great read! I didn’t know there are (or were) two DALL*Es.…
In a rare podcaster-versus-the-world victory, I finished recording 30 seconds before my neighbor fired up his leaf blower!
It’s time to champion the power of story! Together with @diversebooks, we are deepening our commitment to joy and social justice through literary arts. Join us for our joint summer fundraising drive… launching now!
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Happy publication day to @GrammarTable! I was editing our interview last night. It comes out in next week’s Grammar Girl podcast, and you’re all going to love getting to know Ellen a little better. ❤️…
I’m getting messages about the word “prevent” being pronounced as “pervent,” and I’m curious how widespread it is. If you hear it a lot, please tell me where you live!
Images generated by the artificial intelligence tool DALL*E mini using the prompt “colorless green ideas sleep furiously,” a famous sentence created by linguist Noam Chomsky in the 1950s to show how a sentence could be structurally correct but lack meaning.…
How did "no problem" end up as a reply to "thank you," and what happened to "you're welcome"? @FridlandValerie has the answer in this week's Grammar Girl podcast! Listen: Read:…
We talked about Thorpe in last week’s Dialectable game show! Thorpe is likely the inspiration for the last part of “octothorpe,” the name coined at Bell Labs for the # symbol. @JessZafarris The coiner was part of a group lobbying for Thorpe to get his medals back.…
This quiz game about language launches on Kickstarter today. I’m one of many people to set a question; others are @susie_dent, @MichaelRosenYes, @KoryStamper, @GrammarGirl, @MisterSlang, @djbduncan and @benschott. Christmas present for your fave word nerd?…
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In Victorian slang, MUFFIN-WALLOPERS were old women who would meet up to gossip over tea and cakes.
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I’m both touched that a stranger would offer to help me and mortified by how hopeless I must look going up that hill. I can’t stop laughing…
There’s a huge hill by my house that I have walked up once or twice a week for at least a year, and it never feels like it gets any easier. And now I have proof because today a woman stopped and asked if I was OK and if I needed a ride! 😂
@GrammarGirl doesn't want you to run into any writing issues. Here is her take on run-on sentences. #grammargirl #writingtips #grammarrules
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Before people said "Pardon my French" to allude to swear words, they used the phrase literally — to ask forgiveness for using actual French.… #BastilleDay2022
As I'm recording my guest writers' bios for the podcast, it occurs to me that I should probably mention my own books every once in a while.
A new 3-digit suicide hotline number is going live in the U.S. Saturday: 988. Seems important and helpful. ❤️…
A friend just introduced me to a fun, casual science podcast called "I Read It Online Somewhere" (@ireaditos) that answers "strange and wonderful questions you probably should have asked your science teachers."…
I learned so much I didn't know about pigeons in this podcast! For example, did you know they're basically just doves with bad PR?…
In my numbers rant in the latest Grammar Girl podcast, I mentioned that “billion” has two meanings (grr), and this video explains the problem in much greater detail. Thanks, @ellispoint0!…
Since I eat a lot of blueberries, I especially enjoyed this @NutritionDiva podcast. It turns out that blueberries are great, but that’s not the whole story.…
I recently talked with @CTrappe about my favorite writing tools, a reason you may not have thought of for updating your content, why I think good writing still matters, and more! Check out the podcast:…
Teri Culletto, aka the Vineyard Baker, creates art with focaccia bread as her canvas, this example was inspired by Van Gogh #WomensArt
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We’re going live to play word games in less than 10 minutes. Come join us!…
Join us for word games tonight at 7:00 PM Eastern!…
The cost to mail postcards is going up tomorrow (7/10)! The USPS has postcard forever stamps though, so if you do any kind of "postcards to voters" mailing, buy stamps today.…
After nearly 16 years of making the Grammar Girl podcast, I finally snapped. Hear my first ever rant in this week's show.
We're on for Dialectable this Sunday! It's a word-inspired TikTok game show where you can play along in the comments. Join @JessZafarris and me Sunday at 7 ET.… Use my link to join my team or Jess' link to join her team.
Thank you! This is absolutely hilarious! I must save it for the Everything Penguins podcast that lives only in my mind. 🐧…9
We're apparently playing a new game today called "How many times can Mignon mispronounce one word?" I'm regretting putting the place I edit two flights of stairs above where I record. Oh well. At this rate, I'll quickly burn off all that ice cream I've been stress eating.
I'm interviewing Ellen Jovin from the @GrammarTable in a few minutes about her new book, REBEL WITH A CLAUSE, for a future Grammar Girl podcast episode. Let me know if there's anything you'd like me to ask her!
I'm so depressed and uninspired about dinner that I almost put frosting on a baked potato. Also, you might want to subscribe to the Grammar Girl podcast if you aren't already, because I just snapped and wrote a weird segment, and if it gets by my editor, you might like it.
New Episode! "503: Why there is a need for proper grammar - a chat with the Grammar Girl" Mignon Fogarty, host of the popular Grammar Girl podcast, joins me on this live recording of The Business St… Player links & show notes:…
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Besides that horrible, sick waiting, the thing that sticks with me most is that my hair dresser also cut the shooter’s hair. It’s a weird detail, but it always reminds me that people with the potential to do this are all around us all the time.
This takes me back to 2017 when I was waiting to hear if any of my students were killed in the Mandalay Bay shooting in Las Vegas. (They weren’t, but other people’s students were.) My heart goes out to all the affected people any time it happens, which is essentially every day.
In case you missed it, Jess is under the weather so we aren’t doing the show tonight. We’ll be back for fun next Sunday!
Bad news everyone: I’m a bit under the weather and won’t be able to do tonight’s show. We’ll be back next Sunday!…
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I just found out one of my parents has COVID. I’ve given all the advice I can, and now I’m rage gardening because I don’t know what else to do.
Click one of these links Sunday at 7:00 ET to join one of our teams for our wordy game show: Dialectable. Team Mignon:… Team Jess:
Join @JessZafarris and me Sunday on TikTok at 7:00 ET for a live-streamed game show for word lovers: Dialectable! We quiz each other, and you help us and play along in the comments. We had a blast last week (and learned about the mostly Canadian game crokinole)!
And apologies, @awgaffney. The only reason I’m breaking my own rule about not publicly commenting on an individual’s writing without being asked is that it gave me a hook to amplify your important message.
This is a great example of a double negative making something harder to read! “They are at significant risk” (or “at real risk” or “at serious risk”) would be easier to read than “at not insignificant risk.” #amediting…
I have a friend who thinks congressional offices monitor Twitter and add a tick to their issue tallies when you tag them in a tweet. I don’t think they do this. What do you think? And if you actually know, please leave a comment!
Why is it so expensive to send a fax from a phone? I’m asking seriously, not just grousing. Is it technologically difficult for some reason, or is it just that it’s usually a business product and companies will pay higher prices than consumers?
Congratulations to @Sj_Fennell on this big step toward opening a bookstore in the Bronx! You may remember her talking about the project in the Grammar Girl podcast a few months ago too. There’s a crowdfunding link if you want to help.……
One of my fave Australian words of the past is "shandygaff" - fm the drink. It's an agreement that both sides find acceptable but neither side is happy about
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